What Are Basics of Umbilical Hernia?

What is umbilical hernia?

Umbilical Hernias happen when the abdominal wall layers don’t join completely, then fat or part of the intestine pushes through muscle near the belly button.

About 20 percent of babies are born with an umbilical hernia.


Can umbilical hernia be repaired itself?

In young children, umbilical hernias often repair without treatment.

In adults, surgery is usually suggested to make sure that no complications develop. You may consider the option of surgery if you develop the following symptoms:

  • hernia becomes painful
  • hernia is bigger than one-half inch in diameter
  • hernia doesn’t shrink within one or two years
  • hernia doesn’t go away by the time a child is 3 or 4 years old
  • hernia becomes trapped or blocks the intestine


What is umbilical hernia treatment like?

During surgery, the surgeon will make an incision near the belly button at the site of the bulge. Next they’ll push the intestinal tissue back through the abdominal wall. Then:

  • surgeons close the opening with stitches in children
  • surgeons use mesh to help strengthen the abdominal wall in adults


Do umbilical hernia surgery have risks?

An umbilical hernia surgery is a low-risk one, but complications can occur, they include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • infection at the wound site
  • nausea/vomiting
  • numbness in the legs
  • recurrence of the hernia

Contact your doctor if you notice the symptoms below.

To learn more you should go to a medical professional.

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