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Can adults get umbilical hernias?

Can adults get umbilical hernias?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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Do I need to get umbilical hernia repaired?

Do I need to get  umbilical hernia repaired?

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an umbilical hernia to get larger?

Is it possible for an umbilical hernia to get larger?

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

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I have a umbilical hernia. Where and for how much can I get it repaired? I work in flowood, ms. I have no medical insurance.

I have a umbilical hernia. Where and for how much can I get it repaired? I work in flowood, ms. I have no medical insurance.

Depend on the size: The financial aspect of any surgery varied from place to place there is surgeon fee anesthesia fee and the facility fee surgery is done as out patient a lot of places they can give you a discounted package deal now for umbilical hernia surgery is indicated depending on the size and the symptoms associated with the hernia the larger the hernia is the higher chance of problems then surgery is must. ...Read more

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Alternate treatments for umbilical hernia in adults?

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

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I have an umbilical hernia and doc says I need an op. Is there anything I need to avoid so it does not get worse?

Heavy weights: Hernias can get bigger if there is increased pressure in the belly. If you have a bad cough, do a lot of heavy lifting or are very overweight - those are things that can be changed to reduce pressure on the hernia. It probably should be repaired and you have time as long as you are not having pain or lots of nausea. Pain, nausea, vomiting all are signs of an emergency and should take you to The ER ...Read more

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What are the causes for an umbilical hernia to develop in an adult? After doing sit ups a few months ago, it developed.. Underlying causes for uh?

Umbilical hernia: In adults, if there is too much pressure on the abdominal wall, fatty tissue or a part of the bowel can poke through a weak part of the abdominal muscle, resulting in an umbilical hernia. Doing sit ups could certainly contribute to its development in someone with anatomical risks such as a weak area in the abdominal wall. Obesity, persistent cough, or heavy lifting can increase the risk. ...Read more

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