Laparoscopic Paraesophageal Hernia Repair

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia (PEH) repair is surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given to decrease pain or to treat or prevent a bacterial infection. Ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) how to take prescription pain medicine safely.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your PHP or surgeon as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Nutrition:

You may need to eat soft foods and drink thickened liquids after surgery. Once your swallowing gets better, you may be able to eat regular foods. A dietitian may talk to you about the foods you may eat. A swallowing therapist may also help if you continue to have trouble swallowing. This person has training to help people learn safer ways to swallow. He can also help you learn which foods and liquids are safe to eat and drink.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Contact your PHP or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.

  • You have nausea or are vomiting.

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.

  • You cough up blood.

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

  • You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your incision.

  • You have trouble swallowing.

  • Your bowel movements are black, bloody, or tarry-looking.

  • Your vomit looks like coffee grounds or has blood in it.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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