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Can adults get umbilical hernias?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Umbilical hernias can occur in both children and adults.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Umbilical hernias are quite common in adults. Very often, a small hernia may be present at birth which may temporarily close off. In adulthood, stress to the abdominal wall that may occur with pregnancy, weight gain, excessive lifting, etc., may lead to this hernia re-forming.
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Yes: 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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How can a dr tell if a umbilical hernia is strangualted in a adult?

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Pain, tendernesss: and redness about the hernia. Possibly skin discoloration due to gangrene of the bowel
A 45-year-old member asked:

Do I need to get umbilical hernia repaired?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
How big it is ?: Most of the adult umbilical hernia with a defect size of tip of the finger do not bother and can be left alone. How ever larger hernias over 2cm or more, will potentially will give complications, pain, incarceration, obstruction, gangrene of bowel, peritonitis etc need as soon as possible surgery to prevent complications.
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Is it possible for an umbilical hernia to get larger?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Hernias in any location can slowly enlarge over time. Hernias will not resolve without surgical repair, may change little over time for some people, and can slowly enlarge over time.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Umbilical hernia: is it possible for men to get them or is it only women?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Yes: Umbilical hernias are seen in both

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