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Can a small umbilical hernia affect my joining the military?

Can a small umbilical hernia affect my joining the military?

It shouldn't: Small umbilical hernias that cause no symptoms are quite common and can be watched without risk. If the military examiner feels the hernia should be repaired, it still should not interfere with your military service. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Umbilical Hernia (Definition)

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


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Can you live a normal life with a small umbilical hernia?

Can you live a normal life with a small umbilical hernia?

Yes: Yes if it is not hurting. If it starts to hurt have a doctor examine it. ...Read more

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Sir I have a small umbilical hernia 1cm. I want to know that which surjary best for me? And after how much time I can do exersise?

Sir I have a small umbilical hernia 1cm. I want to know that which surjary best for me? And after how much time I can do exersise?

Get a surgical opin-: -ion and ask the surgeon these questions. Everyone has their own protocol after such surgery, depends also on how big it is @ how it's repaired. ...Read more

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I have a small umbilical hernia & I have to get my gallbladder taken out. Is it safe to have the symptoms with the hernia? & can they see my ovaries too?

I have a small umbilical hernia & I have to get my gallbladder taken out. Is it safe to have the symptoms with the hernia? & can they see my ovaries too?

Yes Yes: After laparoscopic procedure the surgeon repairs the hernia, as the scope is introduced through umbilicus, also surgeon visualize the viscera for any abnormality, including ovaries only time it is not possible, due to the presence of extensive adhesion. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Would having a circumaortic renal collar effect surgery for a small umbilical hernia repair?

Would having a circumaortic renal collar effect surgery for a small umbilical hernia repair?

It should not.: Umbilical hernia repair is a superficial surgery to the abdominal wall and should not be affected by an internal problem such as circumaortic renal collar. Circumaortic renal collar can be hazardous in retroperitoneal surgery (surgery involving the posterior part of the abdominal cavity), and then usually only if it is not previous known about. Umbilical hernias are located anteriorly. ...Read more

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How do you treat or reverse a small umbilical hernia where no protrusion has occurred? A doctor I went to said no surgeon would work on it yet.

How do you treat or reverse a small umbilical hernia where no protrusion has occurred? A doctor I went to said no surgeon would work on it yet.

Depends: This depends on whether or not you need or want to have it fixed. Keep in mind, the type of hernia you have described is very low risk to observe, especially if it is not causing symptoms. If it is causing symptoms, it may be better to fix it. See a general surgeon for a consultation to find out more, but make sure you identify your goals of treatment such as prevention or symptom relief. ...Read more

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I'm 29. have just had a ct. Indicated I have a small umbilical hernia containing fat. Still having pain after two weeks. Should I talk to a surgeon?

I'm 29. have just had a ct. Indicated I have a small umbilical hernia containing fat. Still having pain after two weeks. Should I talk to a surgeon?

Yes: If you are still having discomfort, you can see a General Surgeon for consultation to determine if the hernia is the cause of your pain and if/when surgery is recommended to fix the hernia. ...Read more

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Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

You should have: Your surgeon take a look at it, if you are concerned about your post op status. Sometime, especially in men, a condition called diastasis can mimic hernia recurrence. ...Read more

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Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Very unlikely: If the hernia is small and reducible (you can push it back in) it is unlikely to cause problems. If the hernia ever causes you pain or you cannot push it back in, that needs to be evaluated by a physician right away. ...Read more

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I have a small untreated umbilical hernia and no money for surgery. Am I going to die from it?

I have a small untreated umbilical hernia and no money for surgery. Am I going to die from it?

Doubtful.: While it is often best to fix this problem before it causes trouble, it is highly unlikely to kill you. The most concerning danger is the intestine cutting off it's blood supply when poking through the hernia. That's an emergency. So, if it starts getting bigger, or you feel uncomfortable pressure, and most definitely if it becomes painful, you should be examined right away, immediately. ...Read more

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I have a small reducible umbilical hernia. Should j wait to have it fixed ad I have 5 small children and no help. I will need to lift my 1 yr old?

Umbilical Hernia: Umbilical hernia rarely or ever becomes incarcerated (twisted or trapped). It is more of a cosmetic issue. There is no hurry to have it fixed. See your surgeon for best advice about timing of repair. ...Read more

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What is a small fat containing umbilical hernia, I have been diagnosed with one, you can't see it, my belly button is still poked in!

Usually not serious: Hi james,
since the hernia is small and contains only fat (from within the abdomen), it is unlikely that it will lead to incarceration or strangulation of intestines, which is the worst complication of hernias. The belly button is still in the same spot. The fat in the small hernia sac is right next to the belly button (umbilicus). If the hernia gets larger or causes pain, it should be fixed. ...Read more

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What is a small fat containing umbilical hernia? That was on my CT scan, is it dangerous? My gyn doesn't seem to know whatbit is so I'm confused..

What is a small fat containing umbilical hernia? That was on my CT scan, is it dangerous? My gyn doesn't seem to know whatbit is so I'm confused..

Omenum: Sometimes the omentum (fat apron in the belly) get stuck in the belly button hernia, (umbilical) if you have pain or discomfort get it repaired just small piece of fat not dangerous, if bowel enters, yes it is dangerous, . ...Read more

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I'm 3 months post an umbilical hernia repair with mesh. I've had a small seroma and discharge for over a month. He has cauterized it &discharge is brown?

Old blood: It is very common to have some bleeding under the skin after an operation. That can collect there and is called a hematoma. Old blood turns a brownish color as it resolves. If it smells foul, there could be an infection. It should be healed by now, bit sometimes tales a little longer. Stick with you're surgeon for regular visits until healed, or inquire about another opinion. ...Read more

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I have a very small umbilical hernia and a bone spur in my heel. Would these make me fail a pre employment physical?

Reassurance: No. Both of these small problems can not influence on your preemployment physical. But if your work requires heavy lifting you need to wear support for hernia just for your benefit. ...Read more

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What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and don't treat it?

What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and don't treat it?

Incarceration: The hernia, (hole in the abdominal wall), can allow abdominal contents to protrude through. Low probability, but those contents can become stuck, (incarcerated). This usually causes significant pain. The incarcerated contents may then turn in to gangrene (strangulated), requiring emergency operation. If it doesn't hurt, and not enlarging, probably ok to observe. Check with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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I have an umbilical hernia and I have always been able to see it and feel it but now I can't see it or feel it unless I cough is that normal?

I have an umbilical hernia and I have always been able to see it and feel it but now I can't see it or feel it unless I cough is that normal?

Yes: That is very normal. The defect ("hole") doesn't disappear but the bulge (tissue coming through) may move in and out, making the hernia seem to change in size. Cough will exacerbate the bulging. The hernia should be fixed if you are healthy enough for surgery to avoid complications from it. ...Read more

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My son, 7 weeks, has a umbilical hernia. Does this mean when he was born he wasen't fully developed & how concerned should I be? (Stressing already)

My son, 7 weeks, has a umbilical hernia. Does this mean when he was born he wasen't fully developed & how concerned should I be? (Stressing already)

Umbilical hernias: Are defects in the abdominal wall that many babies are born with. They protrude more during crying or vomiting, but should always be soft and flesh colored. You should easily be able to push it back in. Many of these correct by themselves by about 2 years of age. A simple surgical procedure can be performed in those that do not. Only very large hernias increase risk of bowel entrapment. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia belts?

Bad Option: The purpose of a hernia belt is to prevent intestine from getting incarcerated ("stuck") within the hernia. The umbilicus is a very difficult if not impossible area to support in this manner; if anywhere, belts are better for inguinal (groin) hernias. Not all umbilical hernias require surgery; but, if your symptoms are severe enough to consider a belt, you may want to see a hernia surgeon. ...Read more

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How do you fix an umbilical hernia?

How do you fix an umbilical hernia?

Surgery?: The only way to "fix" an umbilical hernia, like all hernias, is through surgery. However, the question is whether it needs to be fixed or is just cosmetic. Hernias can cause problems when a part of the bowel gets caught in it and can get "strangled" or have the blood supply compromised, whether this is likely to happen depends on lots of factors. See your doctor to discuss your hernia to decide. ...Read more

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Is sex safe with an umbilical hernia?

Is sex safe with an umbilical hernia?

Hernia activity: Activities with a hernia should be limited by discomfort. If you experience pain at the site of a hernia, it would be prudent to discontinue whatever activity you are doing. ...Read more

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Can you die from an umbilical hernia?

Unlikely: Umbilical hernias come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and can cause a variety of problems. While in theory it is possible to due from an untreated hernia that becomes acutely incarcerated and strangulated, it is very uncommon. Best to see you primary care provider, and consider a consultation with a general surgeon to find out more about your specific case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What should I do about umbilical hernia?

May need surgery: If the hernia is getting bigger, is causing pain, or contains intestines (a surgeon could determine this), then you should see a general surgeon to have it repaired. If the hernia is not causing you discomfort, then you may not need surgery. It is a good idea to have a general surgeon look at it and discuss open (single larger incision) or laparoscopic (multiple smaller incisions) repair. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more