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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 37 years experience
Multiple: The most common causes for an umbilical hernia include stretching and thinning of the abdominal wall with increased intraabdominal pressure. The classic examples are preganant women and obese people. Lack of exercise and abdominal wall atrophy is another cause. Previous incisions around the umbilicus can result in umbilical hernias as well.
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 40 years experience
Umbilical herniae...: Are frequently seen in babies and young kids. The abdominal wall forms from 4 leaves or folds that all come together at the umbilicus. In some babies, the process is not yet complete, leaving an umbilical hernia. The majority of these go on to close on their own in the first 3 to 4 years of life. If it persists to near school age, it will probably not spontaneously close, and surgery is indicated.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 26 years experience
Umbilical cord. : Weakness where your umbilical cord was. Women who become pregnant. Men who develop beer bellies , anyone who does a lot of straining lifting. Smokers who cough a lot. Usually 40's to 50's they begin to show. Most often seen in adults though some babies may born with them. If painful or growing have it fixed. If stable for years and not painful , don't need to fix it.

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Orlando, FL
A 42-year-old female asked:

I have an umbilical hernia and it is causing a lot of pain, what should I do?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Buck Parker
General Surgery 18 years experience
See a Surgeon: If the umbilical hernia is causing discomfort you should see a general surgeon. He most likely will recommend repair of the hernia. You can see my video on hernias here: http://www.Jhsurgery.Com/2011/09/26/hernia/.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What should I do about umbilical hernia?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Observe vs. surgery: If the hernia is small and causing no symptoms, it can be observed. If the hernia is getting larger, contains intestines, or causes pain or discomfort with activities then see a doctor or a surgeon to see if you should have surgery.

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