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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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Lump in belly button. Slight abdominal pain around the area. Umbilical hernia? I have doctors appointment in about 24 hours. Safe to wait until then?

Lump in belly button. Slight abdominal pain around the area. Umbilical hernia? I have doctors appointment in about 24 hours. Safe to wait until then?

Possible and Yes: It is possible that this is an umbilical hernia. If you can easily reduce it, meaning easily push it back in, then you can safely wait until you see your doctor tomorrow. If the pain worsens, or becomes constant, that may represent an estrangulated hernia, which is not reducible, and would require more immediate attention. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia 5 years ago. Since repair constant abdominal pain at repair site. Reoccurring low grade fever. How do I no if mesh is infected? Neg ct

Umbilical hernia 5 years ago. Since repair constant abdominal pain at repair site. Reoccurring low grade fever. How do I no if mesh is infected? Neg ct

Need more info: Mesh infections typically present with skin changes at the site of repair. If the overlying wound is perfectly healed, it's unlikely. Ct scans can sometimes detect fluid around the mesh which would suggest infection. Most mesh infections are with staph epidermidis which is a slow-indolent bacteria. I am assuming the neg ct didn't show a recurrence which could account for the pain you have. ...Read more

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58 year-old man had an umbilical hernia mesh repair 14 years ago, removed 6 years ago due to infection, and was repaired with a flap, but is now.....?

58 year-old man had an umbilical hernia mesh repair 14 years ago, removed 6 years ago due to infection, and was repaired with a flap, but is now.....?

Chronic pain: Pain is a pain, and it behaves very differently with different people. The longer you have a pain syndrome the more difficult it becomes to treat. If you have pain for over a few weeks, ask and treat. ...Read more

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What is the best abdominal exercise for a person with umbilical hernia?

Control the hernia: You can do situps if you can hold your hernia in while you strain. Don't do traditional situps but modified version to reduce strain. Also an option is to have the hernia repaired, wait a few weeks for healing - and then do whatever you want! :) ...Read more

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I had a incarcerated umbilical hernia 2 days ago and now my abdomen hurts whenever I move and I am very tired. What can that be?

I had a incarcerated umbilical hernia 2 days ago and now my abdomen hurts whenever I move and I am very tired. What can that be?

Go to ER: If you are already in the hospital and had surgery ; then it is good and this is Post Op pain. Otherwise it is high time to go and seek the immediate medical /Surgical Treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do to repair my para-umbilical hernia itself naturally, and what time it requires to repair 2 to 3 CM hole in internal abdomen wall?

What should I do to repair my para-umbilical hernia itself naturally, and what time it requires to repair 2 to 3 CM hole in internal abdomen wall?

SurgeryOnlyOption: Umbilical hernias may be easily repaired under general anesthesia as an out-patient. Depending on the size of the hernia and other patient-factors, we often advise using mesh to close the hole (like patching a tire). I advise hernia repair if it is causing symptoms that are interfering with one's quality of life, or if the hole is so large that there is the potential for intestine to get stuck. ...Read more

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Bump in bellybutton that has slowly increased size over 3 weeks. Umbilical hernia? Slightly painful when bending down. Slight abdominal pains too.

Could be: Although umbilical hernia is a possibility it should not be painful. If indeed painful a more prompt referral to an emergency room is warranted to ensure this is not a life threatening condition. ...Read more

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Can an umbilical hernia cause bad breath?

Can an umbilical hernia cause bad breath?

No: See Surgeon to Rx hernia. See Dentist to begin investigating cause of bad breath. Additional investigation by Physician may be required. Bad breath usually from infection (cavities, gum disease, infected tonsils) and/or trapped food debris on tongue or in particular between teeth. Please seek professional help. ...Read more

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Does umbilical hernia cause stomach to indent?

Does umbilical hernia cause stomach to indent?

Umbilical hernia: Usually sticks out at belly button area and usually will not cause your abdomen to indent. Show it to your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Does umbilical hernia repair cause diastasis recti?

No: Diastasis recti is a condition where the rectus muscles gradually separate from the midline while the fascia remains intact. It is not a hernia. Umbilical hernia and diastasis recti can coexist and are not causally related. ...Read more

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How does cirrhosis of the liver cause an umbilical hernia?

How does cirrhosis of the liver cause an umbilical hernia?

Related: Cirrhosis of liver doesn't cause an umbilical hernia but accumulation of fluid in the abdomen known as ascites due to cirrhosis can place enough pressure on the area of umbilicus where umbilical cord came through in infancy to open up the tissue canal enough that hernia results. Drainage of the ascites fluid can occur sometimes. Best treatment is treat the ascites as surgical repair indicated. ...Read more

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I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. Plan to have baby after waiting six months. Can mesh cause problem for the baby..

I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. Plan to have baby after waiting six months. Can mesh cause problem for the baby..

Should be fine: It will almost certainly be fine. I have seen women get pregnant after mesh ventral and umbilical hernia repair with a couple different techniques and mesh and they were fine. Both mother and baby. You will want to get the operative report and discuss with your OB however in the event you need a c-section. A smaller mesh done with the open technique may be bwtter for this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have been gaining wt since I got an umbilical hernia. Can it cause wt gain?

No: The most common cause of gaining weight is eating more calories. Hernias, without question, don't cause weight gain. See your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a car accident I was involved in have caused my newborn daughters umbilical hernia?

Can a car accident I was involved in have caused my newborn daughters umbilical hernia?

I wouldn't think so: Loose belly muscles help a developing baby by allowing easy blood flow thru the umbilical cord ; into babies body. After birth, that loosness may allow a transient umbilical hernia that will usually disappear when the belly muscles tighten, starting after baby learns to sit. By 2yo most uh have receded. I find girls more likely to need repair than boys? Reason. I rarely refer for repair. ...Read more

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If my daughter's umbilical hernia becomes temporarily incarcerated and causes some discomfort should I take her in to the ER after it has released?

If my daughter's umbilical hernia becomes temporarily incarcerated and causes some discomfort should I take her in to the ER after it has released?

Follow up with PMD: For surgical referral would be a reasonable course of action following successful reduction of a strangulated hernia. If symptoms recur prior to the appointment, an ER visit would be warranted. ...Read more

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Can drinking 9 beers cause permanent damage two weeks after open umbilical hernia repair due to bloating?

Can drinking 9 beers cause permanent damage two weeks after open umbilical hernia repair due to bloating?

Not likely: You're not likely cause any damage from "bloating". Generally it's just not a good idea to drink nine beers in one setting ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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