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Do People With Umbilical Hernia Have A Lot Of Pain
Sometimes.: Pain from an umbilical hernia is dependent on the size of the hole and what, if anything, is "stuck" within the hole. It is not uncommon for fat to get stuck in these hernias. This can irritate nerves in that area, leading to a queasy feeling, especially when the lump is touched. Rarely, intestine can get stuck in this hernia, leading to a bowel obstruction, intense pain, and emergency surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have an umbilical hernia, I was meant to have surgery but didn't. I have to fly on 4 days. Should I be worried? I'm in a lot of pain
Yes, you should be: worried if you are in a lot of pain. If your pain is related to the hernia, you should not wait to have surgery as pain usually means incarcerated bowel and the failure to release it could lead to bowel death with resulting resection of affected intestine. Please go to the ER right away. ...Read more
How long till i can return to work after having my gallbladder removed and an umbilical hernia fixed. I do a lot of heavy lifting each day 50+ lbs?
4-6 weeks: It depends on how big the hernia was, how big the mesh is, and if the hernia repair was done open or laparoscopically (with tiny incisions and a video camera). Lifting heavy things too soon will cause the hernia to recur. So, generally, the surgeon will probably recommend that heavy lifting be put off for 4-6 weeks after the hernia repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Almost always: Everyone is born with an umbilical hernia. It's where your mom's umbilical cord fed you before birth. Most floks hernia closes by age 3 to 4. Some folks whose defects don't close will have "an outie" and most of those are an umbilical hernia. Small umbiilcal hernias do not usually have to get repaired, but the natural history of hernias is that they will get larger and require eventual repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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