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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?

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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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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What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

Multiple: The most common causes for an umbilical hernia include stretching and thinning of the abdominal wall with increased intraabdominal pressure. The classic examples are preganant women and obese people. Lack of exercise and abdominal wall atrophy is another cause. Previous incisions around the umbilicus can result in umbilical hernias as well. ...Read more

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Alternate treatments for umbilical hernia in adults?

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 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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Is it likely that someone with an umbilical hernia (that's not visible or causing problems) will cause major problems in the future?

Possible: overtly large umbilical hernias are less likely to get trapped with gut and strangulate, while not visible ones may and lead to vague symptoms of nausea/vomit and poorly localized pain. Suggest MD to discuss, assess and determine treatment plan depending on your symptoms and objective findings. ...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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Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

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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What are the long term problems of adult umbilical hernia surgery?

What are the long term problems of adult umbilical hernia surgery?

Usually none : Immediate complications after surgery may include infection , bowel obstruction, perforation , strangulation , gangrene etc. Don't worry much ...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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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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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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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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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

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Hernia (Definition)

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