Hiatal hernia repair is a surgical procedure performed to correct an overly large opening in the diaphragm. Repair of this type of hernia is necessary to prevent the contents of the abdomen from bulging into the chest, a problem that can cause not only heartburn, but also esophagus damage. There are two types of surgery for correcting this problem: open hiatal hernia repair and laparoscopy. Recovery times are different for each procedure.
Recover From Laparoscopic Surgery for Hiatal Hernia Repair
Spend 1 to 3 days in the hospital following laparoscopic surgery.
Stay away from gassy foods after your surgery. For example, you'll want to avoid broccoli.
Eat frequently after your surgery, but keep meals small.
Resume most of your normal activities about 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.
Return to work about 2 to 3 weeks after your hiatal hernia repair surgery.
Put off heavy lifting and very strenuous labor until at least 3 months have passed.
Recover From Open Surgery for Hiatal Hernia Repair
Recover in the hospital for about 2 to 6 days after open surgery for a hiatal hernia.
Alter your diet to make recovery easier by avoiding gassy foods and consuming small meals on a frequent basis.
Go back to work 4 to 6 weeks after open surgery.
Avoid heavy lifting for about 90 days.