I'm having surgery for a hiatal hernia next wk. What should I expect after the operation?

Bloating. If you are having this done laparoscopically or robotically the incisional pain will improve quickly. Most patients having repair of a large hiatal hernia develop some bloating of their stomachs and some will have difficulty swallowing particularly with solids for several weeks. If you are having a fundoplication this is particularly likely. Once your surgeon allows solids chew well.

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Have you ever heard of having something close to gastric bypass surgery for a hiatal hernia and acid reflex?

Yes. B"sd some recollection yes - case reports from the literature: Treatment of giant hiatal hernia by laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass - 2015 2 case reports. A review from 2012 described combined gastric bypass and HH repair in 48 patients - http://www.sages.org/wp-content/uploads/posters/2012/39402.jpg glad to discuss further. Read more...

Just had surgery for a.10x8 hematoma due to an earlier hiatal hernia what can I expect. Regarding pain and recovery time?

Should get better. If the surgery was a success, you should expect getting better and better, having less pain and healing fairly quickly. Since I am not familiar with the details of the surgery, i cannot give you any specific detail pertinent to your case. Read more...
Worse. This is your second surgery in the same area so it may be a more painful and longer recovery than the original surgery. Read more...
Recovery time varies. Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. Read more...

Hiatal hernia is there surgery for it.?

Yes. There are a variety of types and sizes of hiatal hernia. Just because a person has one does not necessarily indicate a need for surgery. Medications and avoidance of eating late at night are some options, a gastroenterologist or your family doctor can help you determine if surgery is your best option, and refer you to a properly trained surgeon if indicated. Read more...
Yes. Surgery for a hiatal hernia can be done. The surgery is called a fundoplication and these days its a laparoscopic surgery that should be small incisions with surgery lasting 1-2 hrs in length, and 1-2 days in the hospital. This procedure should fix hiatal hernias and help improve and reflux symptoms you might have. But should only be done for symptomatic or larger hiatal hernias. Read more...
Yes. Absolutely. It is almost always done laparoscopically with small incisions. It involves getting the stomach and distal esophagus back into the abdomen and fixing the defect in the diaphragm by suturing the diaphragmatic crura back together. Some surgeons will reinforce this repair with a biological or synthetic prosthesis. In the majority of cases an anti reflux procedure (fundoplication) is done. Read more...