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How To Correct An Ambilical Hernia Without Surgery
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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