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Can you fix an umbilical hernia without surgery?

Can you fix an umbilical hernia without surgery?

No, however...: ...Not all umbilical hernias require repair. When diagnosed in infancy, these rarely cause symptoms and can often close on their own. If they persist beyond 3-4, elective repair is recommended before school. In adults, repair is recommended if the hernia causes symptoms or is of a sufficient size to allow intestine into the hernia. ...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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Is there any way to heal a umbilical hernia without surgery?

Is there any way to heal a umbilical hernia without surgery?

Not really: Some people will use a pressure belt to help them manage symptoms from a hernia but these are more commonly used for hernias in the groin and they are not particularly effective. The surgery for an umbilical hernia is usually considered a fairly minor day procedure - not something to worry too much about. ...Read more

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Does anyone out there know how to deal with umbilical hernia without surgery?

Does anyone out there know how to deal with umbilical hernia without surgery?

Yes: An umbilical hernia has a higher risk of incarceration and strangulation of bowel. If you have a very small umbilical hernia, it usually doesn't need to be repaired. If your hernia is greater than 1 cm, I would advise consideration of elective repair, especially if it causes pain. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery if my umbilical hernia does not hurt?

Do I need surgery if my umbilical hernia does not hurt?

Not necessarily: The two main reasons to recommend hernia repair are (1)if the symptoms are interfering w/one's quality of life or (2)if the size of the hernia is large enough to lead to bowel incarceration. It sounds like you've answered #1; I advise you to see a hernia surgeon to help answer #2. ...Read more

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Experts, might someone need surgery for an umbilical hernia?

Experts, might someone need surgery for an umbilical hernia?

If it is causing: Pain or discomfort, yes, also discoloration of overlying skin. Only exception is for children < 4 years old, where hernia might resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a umbilical hernia. What's the recovery time after surgery?

I was diagnosed with a umbilical hernia. What's the recovery time after surgery?

Depends: It depends on your medical history, physical exam, size of hernia, and technique of repair. For most of my hernia patients, I tell them to return to normal activity as tolerated by pain and discomfort. Typical recovery times range from a few days for "simple" cases, to a several weeks for larger hernias and more complex clinical scenarios. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a minimal umbilical hernia. Can this heal without surgery?

Usually not: An umbilical hernia in adults may change in size, but it almost never goes away without surgery.

The surgery is very common, and you should be able to go home the same day. ...Read more

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Have umbilical surgery I think I have umbilical hernia again what are the symptoms?

The "outie": Simply put, an outie belly button is one of the signs that there might be an umbilical hernia. Generally painless so ne real symptoms. ...Read more

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Hii I have an umbilical hernia n thinking of having another baby should I do the surgery before?

Hii I have an umbilical hernia n thinking of having another baby should I do the surgery before?

If you are having: No symptoms now, it is probably better to wait until you are finished with all your babies, because it could recur with another pregnancy. If you are not planning it right away, you should not wait too long before you have repair. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have an umbilical hernia. If I were to have surgery how long should I expect to be off work?

About 5-7 days: The time off of work is less if the hernia (and incision) are small. You shouldn't drive while you are taking narcotic pain pills. You could go back to work with no heavy lifting in less than a week if the hernia is small. The surgeon will probably recommend no heavy lifting for about 4 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a minimul umbilical hernia. Will I need surgery to heal and if so how long does it take to heal after surgery?

I have a minimul umbilical hernia. Will I need surgery to heal and if so how long does it take to heal after surgery?

Yes: Yes, the only way to heal an umbilical hernia is by fixing it with surgery. Typically patients have discomfort for 1-2 weeks after surgery. You should not lift anything over 10 lbs. For 6 weeks to prevent recurrence and to help with wound healing. ...Read more

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What is umbilical hernia surgery?

What is umbilical hernia surgery?

Repair: If one has an umbilical hernia, and hernia defect, and sac it can cause pain and other symptoms.
Repair can be done with stitches, mesh material
, and surgical techniques. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wait a year before possibly having a surgery for an umbilical hernia?

Is it safe to wait a year before possibly having a surgery for an umbilical hernia?

Most likely: Unless there was a rare complication of the hernia getting stuck, there is no urgency to repair of an umbilical hernia. ...Read more

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I am having keyhole surgery soon for umbilical hernia. What can you tell me about this operation?

I am having keyhole surgery soon for umbilical hernia. What can you tell me about this operation?

Future of surgery: Keyhole surgery involves a laporascopic approach. The surgeon will use carbon dioxide to inflate your belly like the superdome. Then from the inside they will be able to find the defect and repair it with a plug. This can have less scar, less pain, and can be repeated if need be. You may be able to return to work sooner. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend used cocaine today and has a surgery for umbilical hernia is he going to be ok?

What can I do if my friend used cocaine today and has a surgery for umbilical hernia is he going to be ok?

Bad combination: This is a really bad combination. His physicians need to know this information. ...Read more

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Reasons a umbilical hernia still looks like a umbilical hernia post op surgery 2 weeks? Did it not work?

Reasons a umbilical hernia still looks like a umbilical hernia post op surgery 2 weeks? Did it not work?

Hernia: Depending on the size of the hernia it is often common for fluid to accumulate where the hernia used to be. This takes time to go awa ...Read more

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What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

Light: Eat light, non-greasy foods after any surgery until the effects of anesthesia wear off. 24-72 hours. If you are taking narcotics for pain you will want to continue this with increased fiber and fluids to avoid constipation. Once off of the pain mess you may resume your normal healthy diet. ...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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After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

Depends: Severe pain should be gone by 72 hours. By a week or two you should be able to do most activities with little pain. Discuss with your surgeon how long they would like you to limit how much you lift. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia surgery 6 months ago. Does the mesh ever dissolve away?

I had umbilical hernia surgery 6 months ago. Does the mesh ever dissolve away?

Depends: It depends what kind of mesh was used; talk with your surgeon to find out and how long it will take to be reabsorbed by your body. ...Read more

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Its been a week since my umbilical hernia surgery has been done. Can I smoke again now?

Its been a week since my umbilical hernia surgery has been done. Can I smoke again now?

No. Of course not.: Not a good thing to do. The intentional habit of inhaling burning organic material, combined with various chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of that material (regardless of whether it is tobacco, marijuana, or any other plant) is bad for the body. A healthy-minded person would not intentionally start something burning and inhale the stuff over and over and over. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia surgery on jan 28 and a month later I was laying in bed and coughed and felt a pop. What could have happened?

Depends: If there was pain at the umbilical hernia site and a bulge, then this may be a recurrence of the hernia. Recommend evaluation by the surgeon who did the repair. ...Read more

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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

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

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