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A 31-year-old member asked:

do small belly button hernias need to be removed?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hugh Walsh
Specializes in General Surgery
No: Small umbilical hernias usually don't cause much trouble, as they enlarge there is more likelihood bowel or omentum will become trapped in the hernia. Usually they can be repaired easily as an outpatient, often with a small piece of mesh placed behind the hole just outside the lining of the abdominal cavityie, the peritoneum.
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
But if they cause pain it's a good idea.
Mar 29, 2012
Dr. Paul Harper
Dr. Paul Harper commented
General Surgery 52 years experience
That's the way I usually fix them.
Mar 29, 2012
Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
Sometimes: If it is not causing pain, no. If age under 5, definitely no.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Do belly button hernias need to be removed?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Maybe: An umbilical hernia can be surgically repaired or observed. If it is causing discomfort or enlarging, then it can be repaired. If it is stable, small, and causing no symptoms or problems then it can be observed. If it is in a young child, then it can be observed as some may resolve on their own.

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