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What can be done for umbilical hernias?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Surgery: No other way to fix a hernia.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on situation: If a newborn, you can often wait until they begin being more mobile to see if it will self correct. I see more female than male infants that need it fixed with surgery & usually wait until they or 2-3y before proceeding with surgery.The strap muscles that provide the "6pack" are loose during early infancy, yet as they firm up the hernia often disappears.Otherwise surgeons can fix it.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Watched vs. surgery : If asymptomatic, nothing. Can leave it alone. Especially if small and not changing over the years. If painful, large or increasing in size better to have surgery and fix it before it gets large. Usually an outpatient surgery with a small cut below your umbilicus.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What can be done to determine if you have a umbilical hernia?

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Dr. Irina Kovatch
General Surgery 14 years experience
Physical exam: Hernia is diagnosed on physical exam. A physician should perform the physical exam since a lay person might not be able to differentiate a hernia from a solid mass.
A member asked:

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.

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