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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.See 11 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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.
I would like to know how long surgery for a umbilical hernia usually takes and how dangerous is it?
30 minutes: It's a very simple out patient surgery with few short or long term complications.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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?
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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
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!
No problem: Small umbilical hernias can be watched and don't always need surgery. They don't routinely get worse.See 2 more doctor answers
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