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Hiatal Hernias - From Diagnosis to Surgery


Updated January 21, 2012

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Hiatal Hernia Surgery Recovery

Recovering From Hiatal Hernia Surgery

Most hernia patients are able to return to their normal activity within two to four weeks. The area will be tender, especially for the first week. During this time, the incision should be protected during activity that increases abdominal pressure by applying firm but gentle pressure on the incision line.

Activities during which your incision should be protected include:

  • Moving from a lying position to a seated position or from a seated position to standing
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Crying
  • Bearing down during a bowel movement
  • Vomiting

How To: Caring For a Surgical Incision


Hernia. National Institutes of Health.http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000960.htm

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