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Weight loss after hiatal hernia surgery

Weight loss after hiatal hernia surgery

What is hiatal hernia?

A hiatal or hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach protrudes through an opening in the diaphragm, called a hiatus. This opening is the hole through which the esophagus enters to become the stomach.

In many cases, this can be corrected in the initial phases with changes in lifestyle, medication or some other type of conservative treatment, while in the event that it is too large or causes serious symptoms that we will mention later, the best option is carry out hiatal hernia operation laparoscopically.

One of the main problems of hiatal hernia is gastroesophageal reflux, considering in many cases hiatal hernia surgery as anti-reflux surgery. Gastroesophageal reflux is a chronic problem if left untreated that can cause very serious problems.

Difference between hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux (GER)

It must be clear that hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux are not the same condition, hiatal hernia can favor gastroesophageal reflux and in a large number of cases it is related but it can occur even if there is no hernia. Gastric reflux can appear with pregnancy or obesity, given the pressure exerted on the abdomen and stomach causing the appearance of reflux, but without the need to present a hiatal hernia.

The symptoms of this situation will be very similar, the most common being heartburn, dry cough and abdominal discomfort. The guidelines that we explain below can be valid for both cases, both for patients after hiatus hernia and for those who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux.

General recommendations to keep in mind

In order to avoid the discomfort of the situation and allow it to be relieved, you have to take care of yourself a little more. Below are guidelines that help maintain healthier habits and help retrain the way you eat. The specials normally give the following basic indications:

These indications to take into account should be consulted in any case with the doctor who is treating the case. Since they can vary and must be adapted to each patient.

Recommended foods after hiatal hernia surgery

Before showing the foods that can be consumed and are recommended after hiatal hernia surgery, allergies and intolerances must be taken into account, therefore, these nutritional guidelines must be consulted with a specialist.

Among the foods that are advised to consume to relieve or prevent hiatal hernia are the following:

Foods that should be limited after hiatal hernia surgery

There are other foods that can be consumed but care must be taken when doing so, this is because their nutrients are not always easily digested and can cause heartburn or reflux. Therefore, it is recommended to have a moderate or low consumption of the following foods:

Habits and foods to avoid after hiatal hernia surgery

These foods should be consumed sporadically and in very small amounts, and it is better to avoid them as they may not suit the patient. Here’s why.

Other food recommendations to limit or avoid are:

Acidic foods should be limited, especially at dinner time. It is because after being consumed they can feel discomfort in the stomach, some cases present this discomfort after eating products such as: tomato, vinegar, citrus, unripe fruit or yogurt.

It is recommended not to consume this type of food at least until you have fully recovered from the hiatal hernia. Since foods such as garlic, onion or pepper, especially raw, favor discomfort.

Other useful dietary guidelines after hiatal hernia surgery

To find out a little more about the correct diet after hiatal hernia surgery or if you still suffer from it, it is recommended as a general rule to choose cooking with less fat for preparing meals. Highlighting cooking such as: cooked, boiled, steamed, poached, braised, grilled, baked and en papillote.

There are numerous options to make changes when it comes to flavoring dishes, these possibilities are healthier and help better digestion without losing flavor.

We insist that the recommendations are general, therefore, the diet to be followed after the intervention must be adapted to each case, since the patient may have allergies or intolerances. So the nutritional guidelines must be consulted and adapted to the patient. 

So as a last indication, we recommend consultation with a nutrition specialist since for a diet to be successful, it must be adapted to the tastes and needs of each person and never established in a general way.

Request an assessment consultation for laparoscopic hiatal hernia surgery

If you have a hiatal hernia and you are thinking of having surgery with us, remember that you can request a free surgical assessment consultation with our specialist in general and Digestive Surgery, to get to know him, to become familiar with your case and you can decide the best option to eliminate once and for all the symptoms of hiatal hernia.

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