Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical Hernia

What is an umbilical hernia?

Umbilical hernia occurs when the opening in the abdominal wall that allows the umbilical cord to pass through fails to heal. Therefore you can have this hernia from birth. Even if this muscles heals it remains a weak area in the abdominal wall. Therefore if there is excessive pressure on the abdominal wall this area can open up and give rise to an umbilical hernia in later life. It is common among females.

Causes include: pregnancy, obesity, lifting heavy objects constantly, straining during bowel movements, persistent coughing

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include:lump in the belly button, discomfort and pain


Complication risks include Obstruction and Strangulation.


A small transverse incision is made above or below the umbilicus. The hernia sac is opened and it contents is  reduced. The sac is excised. The defect is usually small and  needs a couple of stitches. The defect will most probably need a repair with a non-absorbent mesh but this may depend on how large it is. The skin is closed with absorbable stitches.

The surgery will take about 30 minutes. You will be allowed home when you are comfortable


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