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Fix 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
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
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
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
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
I would like to know how long surgery for a umbilical hernia usually takes and how dangerous is it?
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
I have a minimul umbilical hernia. Will I need surgery to heal and if so how long does it take to heal after surgery?
4 and a half yr old has umbilical hernia that never closed. Otherwise perfect health & no pain from this. MUST we have surgery? Wait? Do nothing?
At 4.5 years old, it is now safe to fix it. Some surgeons place a mesh, some don't.
Literature would suggest after 2 years old.
Good luck ...Read more
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
Can too many carbonated drinks cause an umbilical hernia recurrence soon after the surgery? Thank you
No: Drinking carbonated beverages is not associated with umbilical hernias. ...Read more
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
Reasons a umbilical hernia still looks like a umbilical hernia post op surgery 2 weeks? Did it not work?
Found out today that I have a umbilical hernia was told it was a small tear but yet I was told no surgery for it but why it can get worse right help!
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
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
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
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
Please contact: Your surgeon and advise of this.Get a more detailed answer ›
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?
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
Is it possible to have both my Umbilical Hernia & Hiatal Hernia repaired during 1 surgery? Would prefer not to habe 2 surgeries if possible
Depends: This would depend upon coordination of the surgeons, but not impossible! ...Read more
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