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can umbilical hernia heal itself

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Dr. Michael Setzer
Specializes in Family Medicine
Unfortunately not: Umbilical hernias can be left untreated if they are not causing any issues. However if they need treatment then surgery is your only option.
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeremy Weinberger
22 years experience General Surgery
No: A hernia like yours is a weakness in the abdominal wall. Although it may increase or decrease in size with weight gain or weight loss, it will never c ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
No need: Approximately 90% of infant umbilical hernias will close by themselves by age 4-5 without any treatment. It is of course impossible to predict if the ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
No need: Approximately 90% of infant umbilical hernias will close by themselves by age 4-5 without any treatment. It is of course impossible to predict if the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wendell Goins
41 years experience General Surgery
It depends,4-6 weeks: Small asymptomatic umbilical hernias can be managed individually: watched/expectant, repaired.If you do not plan to move to a undeveloped country, you ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience General Surgery
Recovery support: Constipation and abdominal bloating after surgery is common. Best treated early with increasing oral liquids, magnesium laxatives and limited diet. Ok ... Read More
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A 3-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Kids seldom need rpr: Loose belly muscles help a developing fetus by allowing easy blood flow thru the umbilical cord & into babies body. After birth, that loosness may ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Bad Option: The purpose of a hernia belt is to prevent intestine from getting incarcerated ("stuck") within the hernia. The umbilicus is a very difficult if not i ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Roth
Dr. J. Roth answered
27 years experience General Surgery
Hernia activity: Activities with a hernia should be limited by discomfort. If you experience pain at the site of a hernia, it would be prudent to discontinue whatever ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: Umbilical hernias come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and can cause a variety of problems. While in theory it is possible to due from an untreated ... Read More

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