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what are the causes of umbilical hernia?

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Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 36 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 39 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 25 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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A 21-year-old member asked:

Should I eat more lighter meals rather less heavy meals to lessen my hiatal hernia symptoms?

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Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Yes: Eating smaller, more frequent meals can improve your hiatal hernia symptoms. Keep a food diary to make sure you don't overeat. Also try to eat only at meals, and avoid empty calories in snacks. Lastly, try to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can significantly worsen reflux symptoms.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Where are hiatal hernias located?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Diaphragm: The diaphragm is the dome-shaped muscle that separates the abdominal from the chest cavity. All people have a hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes; this is called the hiatus of the diaphragm. This hole can become enlarged, allowing the esophagus and stomach to yo-yo up into the chest, causing reflux (gerd).
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is a hernia operation anything to worry about and are there any necessary precautions?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Risks vs. Benefits: Hernia surgery is very common and also very safe; however, no operation is risk-free. Therefore, the decision to have surgery requires balancing the benefits w/the risks--this is a conversation that you need to have w/a surgeon. In general, keeping one's weight down lowers the risk of hernia surgery. Of course, smoking increases the risk of any operation. Good luck.
Merced, CA
A 39-year-old female asked:

I have been gaining wt since i got an umbilical hernia. can it cause wt gain?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
No: Your weight gain is NOT related to your umbilical hernia but you may "appear" heavier if the hernia is large!! Get it checked out and repaired ! It can only get worse particularly with pregnancy! Hope this helps Good luck DrZ
Colorado Springs, CO
A 24-year-old female asked:

Is it likely that someone with an umbilical hernia (that's not visible or causing problems) will cause major problems in the future?

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Dr. Hiroshi Mashimo
Gastroenterology 33 years experience
Possible: overtly large umbilical hernias are less likely to get trapped with gut and strangulate, while not visible ones may and lead to vague symptoms of nausea/vomit and poorly localized pain. Suggest MD to discuss, assess and determine treatment plan depending on your symptoms and objective findings.

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