What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

Week. If done laparoscopically or robotic as i do, you should be back to work in about a week. About 2-3 weeks to feel you can eat all foods. As i tell my patients, most maor surgery like this will put a toll in your lifestyle for about 4 weeks.
Minor discomfort. In addition to surgical site discomfort for a few days (assuming a uncomplicated lap procedure), some patients report minor bloating and swallowing difficulty. Most surgeons put patient on a full liquid diet for a week or two to ease swallowing difficulty. Most patients can resume work in 2 weeks without any problem.

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Please help! What is the hiatal hernia surgery like from someone who has experienced it?

Is the surgery open? I f the surgery open it is painful the first 3-4 days, with laparoscpic repain in experienced surgeon , it should be much easier. Read more...

Is hiatal hernia surgery pretty safe?

Yes. This surgery has been done for a long time and it is safe and effective. Make sure it is done by a surgeon that frequently does this. Read more...

What is involved in hiatal hernia surgery?

2 main parts. Though individual variations occur, the usual objectives include appropriate reapproximation of the diaphragm defect and some form of gastropexy - usually complete fundoplasty or partial. If the defect is large or recurrent in nature, a mesh may be needed for repair. Read more...
General anesthesia. Dependending on symptoms and associated reflux or heartburn problem. Your surgeon csn fix hernia and perform stomach wrap to fix the heartburn problem. Expect to stay in hosp a day or so. Read more...

What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

Usually. Usually this surgery is done with an anti reflux wrap. So your reflux should go away or improve. 60% of people have bloating in the beginning and some difficulty swallowing larger pieces of food. All this should go away with time. You will also experience difficulty vomiting and belching. Read more...
Diet changes. Hiatal hernia surgery usually includes a stomach wrap (fundoplication). After surgery i keep my patients on puréed foods to allow the stomach to heal. After two weeks transition to a normal balanced diet. Chew well! i start removing antacids around this time. With the wrap it is a trade off of too tight vs too loose. There is 5-10% chance of needing a second procedure to loosen or tighten it. Read more...

What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

Eat slow. You can expect improvement of your reflux symptoms. You may have some swallowing issues for the first 1-2 weeks so chew food carefully. Some patients stick to a soft diet during the immediate post operative period. Read more...

How do you know if your hiatal hernia surgery has come undone?

Symptoms and tests . Most people will have recurrence of their symptoms. This is followed by UGI ( barium swallow x-ray) and or egd. Read more...