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How To Ease Pain From Umbilical Hernia
Bad Option: The purpose of a hernia belt is to prevent intestine from getting incarcerated ("stuck") within the hernia. The umbilicus is a very difficult if not impossible area to support in this manner; if anywhere, belts are better for inguinal (groin) hernias. Not all umbilical hernias require surgery; but, if your symptoms are severe enough to consider a belt, you may want to see a hernia surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Surgery?: The only way to "fix" an umbilical hernia, like all hernias, is through surgery. However, the question is whether it needs to be fixed or is just cosmetic. Hernias can cause problems when a part of the bowel gets caught in it and can get "strangled" or have the blood supply compromised, whether this is likely to happen depends on lots of factors. See your doctor to discuss your hernia to decide. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Unlikely: Umbilical hernias come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and can cause a variety of problems. While in theory it is possible to due from an untreated hernia that becomes acutely incarcerated and strangulated, it is very uncommon. Best to see you primary care provider, and consider a consultation with a general surgeon to find out more about your specific case. Hope this helps! ...Read more
May need surgery: If the hernia is getting bigger, is causing pain, or contains intestines (a surgeon could determine this), then you should see a general surgeon to have it repaired. If the hernia is not causing you discomfort, then you may not need surgery. It is a good idea to have a general surgeon look at it and discuss open (single larger incision) or laparoscopic (multiple smaller incisions) repair. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple: The most common causes for an umbilical hernia include stretching and thinning of the abdominal wall with increased intraabdominal pressure. The classic examples are preganant women and obese people. Lack of exercise and abdominal wall atrophy is another cause. Previous incisions around the umbilicus can result in umbilical hernias as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How big it is?: Most of the adult umbilical hernia with a defect size of tip of the finger do not bother and can be left alone. How ever larger hernias over 2cm or more, will potentially will give complications, pain, incarceration, obstruction, gangrene of bowel, peritonitis etc need as soon as possible surgery to prevent complications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Painful or large:
the goal of repairing an umbilical hernia is to take away the pain and the bulge, and also to prevent incarceration and strangulation of intestines within the hernia.
The hernia should be fixed if it is painful, large, produces a sizeable bulge, or if it contains intestines. The most common reason for fixing it is pain. ...Read more
Hernia repair: The least invasive approach is a small incision at the umbilicus, using sutures, mesh, or both to repair the defect. There are "ventral patches" specifically designed for this type of repair that are highly effective. A laparoscopic approach is used for certain situations such as obesity or hernias from prior incisions. See a general surgeon to find out more. ...Read more
See below: Incarcerated hernia means it is not reducible (unable to push it back). Strangulation happens when blood supply to herniated organs is cut off. It is a very serious problem and can lead to gangrene within hours (needs emergent surgical intervention). When a hernia is strangulated the pain increases and gets worse over time. At late stages there might be redness of the skin overlying the hernia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Untreated, the hernia could get larger, or become incarcerated, which could lead to complications with repair, or require emergency care. While this could be serious, the chance it happens is probably very low. Having said that, it is also unpredictable. See a general surgeon for more info. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes if it is not hurting. If it starts to hurt have a doctor examine it. ...Read more
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