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Alternative Treatments For Umbilical Hernia
Operation: It's either an operation or observation. Different techniques for operation depend on your symptoms, physical exam, size if hernia defect and sac, obesity, previous operations at that location, diastasis recti, medical history, your goals, and surgeon experience. See a general surgeon for a consult to find out more. Good luck! ...Read more
This is a hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button, the location of the umbilical cord during fetal development. It usually closes by itself as it fills with scar tissue. Infants with a hernia here usually resolve by age 4-5. Adults may develop a hole here for unknown reasons, and will see a lump under the skin ("outie") where intra-abdominal contents have ...Read more
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. However 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No, however...: No, however not all umbilical hernias require repair. When diagnosed in infancy, these rarely cause symptoms and can often close on their own. If they persist beyond 3-4, elective repair is recommended before school. In adults, repair is recommended if the hernia causes symptoms or is of a sufficient size to allow intestine into the hernia. ...Read more
Not really: Some people will use a pressure belt to help them manage symptoms from a hernia but these are more commonly used for hernias in the groin and they are not particularly effective. The surgery for an umbilical hernia is usually considered a fairly minor day procedure - not something to worry too much about. ...Read more
Hiatal /Diaphragmati: These two only. Not umbilicalGet a more detailed answer ›
Get it fixed!: As long as you are more than 5 years old, ventral umbilical hernias should be repaired surgically with mesh. Complications of incarceration, strangulation, and bowel obstruction are possible over time as these defects in the abdominal wall enlarge. See a general surgeon for examination promptly. ...Read more
My husband is in his 50s, has an umbilical hernia(quite large), has put on several lbs. in the last 2 – 3 months. Now bleeding from naval.? Serious
It depends on how big the hernia is and how the surgeon fixes it (open or laparoscopically).
The total cost includes the surgeon's fee, the anesthesiologist, nurses, operating room and equipment, and medications. This is usually several thousand dollars.
Insurance should cover the surgery. If you don't have insurance, some surgeons' offices will work with you to reduce the cost. ...Read more
Light: Eat light, non-greasy foods after any surgery until the effects of anesthesia wear off. 24-72 hours. If you are taking narcotics for pain you will want to continue this with increased fiber and fluids to avoid constipation. Once off of the pain mess you may resume your normal healthy diet. ...Read more
Umbilical hernia : If the hernia is 2cm or less, surgery is usually quick, 20-30 minutes and doesn't require mesh. If larger, it may require mesh placement. This can be done as an open or laparoscopic operation. I perform most of my hernia repairs laparoscopically but that's a matter of preference. Recovery is a few days. No strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Pretty simple procedure. ...Read more
Hernia activity: Activities following hernia repair should be based on comfort. Any activity causing pain should be avoided. I recommend patients avoid strenuous activities for about six weeks, although every patient is differrent in the amount of activity that they would consider strenuous. ...Read more
Short: Most umbilical hernia repairs are done outpatient and require a very short recovery. If you do a lot of liftinig, bending and stooping and straining your time for recovery may be longer (~2-4 weeks). If you have a less strenuous vocation, then perhaps less than a week to up to 2 weeks. It will depend on your size, condition, health and complications and your doctor's opinion. ...Read more
About 2-4 weeks:
It depends. Recovery is longer for larger hernias (more than about 4 cm).
You can eat normal foods, walk, and climb stairs right after surgery.
Depending on the hernia size, the surgeon will probably recommend not lifting more than 15 lbs for 2 weeks, and no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks.
Pain usually improves by about 1 week after surgery. ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on the size, use of mesh, surgical technique, surgeon preference and patient factors (diabetes, smoking, obesity, steroids, etc). Most people heal completely in 6 weeks. Some surgeons give no restrictions, others recommend waiting 2-3 weeks, and other surgeons want 6-8 weeks. The best thing to do is follow what your surgeon recommended. ...Read more