Relieve discomfort after hiatal hernia repair by taking the pain relievers the surgeon recommends, avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous activity for two weeks post surgery, and following your post-surgery recommended diet plan, according to the University of North Carolina Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Mild exercise decreases shoulder discomfort from post-surgery gas, and a gradual increase in fiber intake reduces the risk of constipation.
After hiatal hernia repair surgery, two types of discomfort are common: pain at the incision sites and gastro-intestinal discomfort, lists the UNC Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Keeping the incision sites clean and watching for signs of infection, such as redness or bleeding, helps keep any wound pain minimal. A special diet reduces the risk of gastro-intestinal discomfort. A typical post-surgery diet consists of liquids only for a few days followed by the addition of soft foods. Most patients return to a normal diet within two weeks, but it is not uncommon for swallowing difficulties to persist for six to eight weeks. In those cases, it is best to remain on a soft foods diet until any swallowing discomfort fades.
Tension increases post-surgery discomfort, maintains the University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Decreasing tension through gentle activity, meditation, music and relaxation techniques helps relieve this discomfort.