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Can you tell me about umbilical hernias?

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Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Umbilical hernia: Hernias can cause pain and more commonly when things are intermittently stuck or incarcerated in the defect. This is a sign that you should have this issue evaluated by a medical professional and consider treatment if it is frequent or changes your ability to do normal daily activities.
Dr. John Langell
General Surgery 22 years experience
Umbilical hernia: very common and due to a defect in the fascia (strength layer) of the abdominal wall. Most commonly a defect from birth as this is the entry point for the umbilical cord for fetal blood supply. We used to fix all due to concern for strangulated bowel. Many now fix those that are symptomatic and watch asymptomatic ones unless patient desires surgery. If watch then see MD if stuck out or pain

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you tell if you have an umbilical hernia?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Examination: A physical examination by your doctor is usually sufficient. There may be a swelling or soft bulge located near the umbilicus, and would protrude more if you do straining or heavy lifting.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Your belly button can be an "inny" or an "outey", but if it bulges when you bear down, you have an umbilical hernia: the smaller, the more serious, because it can trap a loop of bowel...that's when the surgeon is needed.
Apr 26, 2012
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What is umbilical hernias?

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Dr. Aveshen Govender
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Umbilical hernia: An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through an umbilical opening between the abdominal muscles. Most common in infants but can occur in adults. They are common and usually harmless.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repaired?

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Hernia repair : The least invasive approach is a small incision at the umbilicus, using sutures, mesh, or both to repair the defect. There are "ventral patches" specifically designed for this type of repair that are highly effective. A laparoscopic approach is used for certain situations such as obesity or hernias from prior incisions. See a general surgeon to find out more.

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