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After your Laparoscopic Hiatal Hernia Repair

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.


Laparoscopic hernia repair is surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.

Abdominal Organs

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your surgeon or doctor if:


You may need any of the following:


Care for the surgery area as directed:

Carefully wash the area with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. If you have steristrips covering the surgery area, do not remove them. They will come off on their own. Do not get in a bathtub, swimming pool or, hot tub until your healthcare provider says it is okay.

Deep breathing:

Take deep breaths and cough 10 times each hour. This will decrease your risk for a lung infection. Take a deep breath and hold it for as long as you can. Let the air out and then cough strongly. Deep breaths help open your airway. You may be given an incentive spirometer to help you take deep breaths. Put the plastic piece in your mouth and take a slow, deep breath, then let the air out and cough. Repeat these steps 10 times every hour.

How to use and Incentive Spirometer


Do not drive for a week after your surgery. Do not lift heavy objects. Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to your daily activities.

Follow up with your surgeon or doctor as directed:

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

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