Hiatal Hernia Recovery: Most patients are able to go home the same day of surgery or the day after surgery.
Patients stay on a liquid diet for two weeks after surgery, followed by a soft diet for an
additional two weeks. Thereafter they can eat a regular diet. Patients are generally back
to normal activity 2 weeks after surgery with the laparoscopic surgery and 4-6 weeks
after surgery with the open repair.
During the recovery period a small amount of weight loss is anticipated and normal.
Patients also experience varying degrees of bloating and difficulty swallowing
(dysphagia). Most patients find these symptoms resolved within a few months of surgery