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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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?

Repair: 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Hernia (Definition)

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