Paraesophageal Hernia Repair Recovery
Recovery from laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair usually lasts about four weeks. During this time, you will be advised to take it easy and avoid strenuous activities, including heavy lifting. You will also be asked to refrain from driving for the first two weeks, especially if you are taking painkillers that can affect your reaction time and decision-making abilities.
Shoulder pain after hernia repair is normal and is caused by the gas that was used to inflate your abdominal cavity during surgery. Your pain may last four to five days, which can often be relieved with heat, shoulder massage or walking.
Your diet for four to six weeks after paraesophageal hernia repair should consist mainly of soft and pureed foods, which is necessary to prevent any foods from getting stuck in your esophagus while it is healing. Scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes and applesauce are some of the many nutritious soft foods you can eat during this time.
Your surgeon will provide you with a complete list of post-surgical instructions to help you experience a safe and healthy recovery.