Speeding up your Hiatal hernia surgery recovery

A hiatal hernia is a condition that happens in the diaphragm. Diaphragm is the muscle that divides the chest from the abdomen has some weakness or defect. As a result, stomach and other organs as well as tissues can bulge into the chest cavity. Thus most of the patients opt for surgical procedures to combat this problem.

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Surgical procedures help in correcting an overly large opening in the diaphragm. If proper treatment is not taken, then the contents of the abdomen can bulge into the chest and as a result this can lead to other problems like heartburn and even esophagus damage. Surgeries can be of two types to provide relief from the symptoms: open hiatal hernia repair and laparoscopy.


If a patient undergoes Laparoscopic surgery then he has to spend around 1 to 3 days in the hospital. A number of precautions have to be taken by the patient to avoid any type of complications. Gassy foods need to be avoided. For an instance broccoli is something which would have to be avoided. It is also advisable to eat frequently but the meals should be kept small. Overeating should not be done. The patient can carry on with his normal activities after 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. For those who are working, can expect to return to work after 2 to 3 weeks of the surgery. Besides, it is also advised to avoid any kind of strenuous work. This includes any kind of weight lifting or labor to be avoided for at least 3 months.


Some people also go for open surgery for getting treatment for Hiatal hernia. The patient has to spend around 2 to 6 days after the open surgery. After this type of surgery also it is advised to eat frequently, avoiding gassy foods and small meals. A person can go back to work after 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. It is also advised to avoid heavy lifting for about 90 days.


In fact there are certain precautions which need to be taken care of after hiatal hernia surgery. Care should be taken that the incision is protected from certain activities which increases the abdominal pressure by applying firm but kind of gentle pressure on the incision line. Some of the activities during which the incision has to be protected are sneezing, coughing, crying, vomiting, bearing down during bowel movement or even shifting from lying position to sitting position or even seated position to standing position.


Apart from these, post surgery complications are quite rare but there are chances of bleeding and infection. In case you develop an infection, you would be prescribed antibiotics. You may also be prescribed certain narcotic pain killers. In case the patient undergoes incision or mesh surgery , there might be scar at the particular place. You might have to avoid climbing stairs for few days and some other basic activities as well.


Seeking the advice and help of your surgeon can be quite beneficial. You will be completely fine by the end of 1 to 6 weeks after surgery.

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