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Alternate treatments for umbilical hernia in adults?

Alternate treatments for umbilical hernia in adults?

Operation: It's either an operation or observation. Different techniques for operation depend on your symptoms, physical exam, size if hernia defect and sac, obesity, previous operations at that location, diastasis recti, medical history, your goals, and surgeon experience. See a general surgeon for a consult to find out more. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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


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What are the causes for an umbilical hernia to develop in an adult? After doing sit ups a few months ago, it developed.. Underlying causes for uh?

What are the causes for an umbilical hernia to develop in an adult? After doing sit ups a few months ago, it developed.. Underlying causes for uh?

Umbilical hernia: In adults, if there is too much pressure on the abdominal wall, fatty tissue or a part of the bowel can poke through a weak part of the abdominal muscle, resulting in an umbilical hernia. Doing sit ups could certainly contribute to its development in someone with anatomical risks such as a weak area in the abdominal wall. Obesity, persistent cough, or heavy lifting can increase the risk. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy bring out hernia in belly button in adults?

Does pregnancy bring out hernia in belly button in adults?

Yes: Pregnancy can cause a protrusion or hernia to form at the umbilicus. It may resolve after the pregnancy, and if it persists after pregnancy then can see a general surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can adults get umbilical hernias?

Yes: Umbilical hernias are quite common in adults. Very often, a small hernia may be present at birth which may temporarily close off. In adulthood, stress to the abdominal wall that may occur with pregnancy, weight gain, excessive lifting, etc., may lead to this hernia re-forming. ...Read more

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If I had a hernia fixed as a child can it reappear in the same spot as an adult?

Recurrent Hernia: Recurrent hernias may occur in ~2-5% of cases following initial hernia repair. Operative repair is usually very straightforward, typically requiring mesh placement, depending on the location/type of hernia and patient-factors. ...Read more

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Should a diaphragmatic hernia be operated on even if it is small in an adult?

Should a diaphragmatic hernia be operated on even if it is small in an adult?

No: Hiatal hernias are so common as to be nearly a normal finding. Unless it is a paraesophageal hernia keep the knives in a drawer. ...Read more

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Is hernia surgery more painful in an adult than in a child?

Is hernia surgery more painful in an adult than in a child?

Yes: Yes possible, in children unlike adult hernia , no extensive dissection is needed , no graft is used, simple ligation of sac is done, will have less pain ...Read more

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Is it possible to develope a communicating hydrocelle as an adult? I have no sign of hernia but i hav testical swelling that comes and goes?

Is it possible to develope a communicating hydrocelle as an adult? I have no sign of hernia but i hav testical swelling that comes and goes?

Yes it is: Common in childhood ; very unusual in adults. Communication of peritoneal linining of abdominal cavity with fluid around testis is considered a communicating hydrocele if it is very narrow ; only permits fluid to travel back ; forth. Enlares when erect ; diminishes when recumbent. It is an inguinal hernia if communication contains omental fat or bowel even if ony fluid reaches scrotum. ...Read more

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