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Is outie the same as umbilical hernia?

Is outie the same as umbilical hernia?

Not necessarily : Although I have found many small hernias that people thought were just 'outies'. For it to be a hernia there needs to be a defect in the muscle with bowel or fat coming through. Conversely, an outtie is usually just skin and scar. ...Read more

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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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After pregnancy, how can you tell if it's a slight umbilical hernia or outie?

After pregnancy, how can you tell if it's a slight umbilical hernia or outie?

Usually easy: If you cough or sneeze, and you are able to feel a bulge come out when you do this, then you may have an umbilical hernia. While most are not emergencies, should a part of the small bowel get trapped, then it could turn into a worrisome issue. See your doctor who delivered your child or your primary doctor and have her/him evaluate your umbilical area. They will be able to reassure you. ...Read more

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How do you fix an umbilical hernia?

How do you fix an umbilical hernia?

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 more

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Can you die from an umbilical hernia?

Can you die from an umbilical hernia?

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

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What are the consequences of an umbilical hernia in men?

What are the consequences of an umbilical hernia in men?

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 more

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Umbilical hernia, what kind of pain can I expect regarding this?

Umbilical hernia, what kind of pain can I expect regarding this?

Umbilical hernia: Hernias can cause pain and more commonly when things are intermittently stuck or incarcerated in the defect. This is a sign that you should have this issue evaluated by a medical professional and consider treatment if it is frequent or changes your ability to do normal daily activities. ...Read more

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What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and don't treat it?

What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and don't treat it?

Incarceration: The hernia, (hole in the abdominal wall), can allow abdominal contents to protrude through. Low probability, but those contents can become stuck, (incarcerated). This usually causes significant pain. The incarcerated contents may then turn in to gangrene (strangulated), requiring emergency operation. If it doesn't hurt, and not enlarging, probably ok to observe. Check with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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How hard is an umbilical hernia operation?

Usually easy: It depends on how big the hernia is and if you have had many previous abdominal surgeries. The surgeon can fix the hernia open (single incision) or laparoscopically (multiple small incisions). The surgery is usually very straightforward. Most patients go home the same day. The surgery is very common. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy agrivate an umbilical hernia?

Can a colonoscopy agrivate an umbilical hernia?

Probably not: The colon is actually not attached to the front abdominal wall and hernia is a result of a defect in the wall through which part of your colon/small intestine can get squeezed in resulting in the bulge--the hernia. Colon prep cleans out your colon and colonoscopy is just a scope being threaded into the colon to take a look. This should not make the hernia worse. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do people with umbilical hernia have a lot of pain?

Sometimes.: Pain from an umbilical hernia is dependent on the size of the hole and what, if anything, is "stuck" within the hole. It is not uncommon for fat to get stuck in these hernias. This can irritate nerves in that area, leading to a queasy feeling, especially when the lump is touched. Rarely, intestine can get stuck in this hernia, leading to a bowel obstruction, intense pain, and emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Can you determine a umbilical hernia in a colonoscopy?

Can you determine a umbilical hernia in a colonoscopy?

No: A colonoscopy is looking at the lining of your colon. An umbilical hernia is a defect in your abdominal wall at the level of your belly button. If not appreciated on physical examination, these hernias can be seen on ct scan. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my umbilical hernia is getting bigger?

How can I tell if my umbilical hernia is getting bigger?

Umbilical hernia: It is getting bigger if the protruding intestine is more and obviously, visually more bulky. What to watch out for is if it is harder to push it back, or there is pain or there is discoloration, that is being irreducible or strangulated. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is a mesh a good surgical repair option for umbilical hernia?

Is a mesh a good surgical repair option for umbilical hernia?

Yes: Mesh is the best surgical option for repair of an umbilical hernia. Hernias smaller than a centimeter can probably be repair with suture alone, but anything bigger requires mesh to decrease the risk of a recurrent hernia. ...Read more

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Will an umbilical hernia affect the ability to gain a flat ab?

Depends how big: Most of the umbilical hernias , with finger tip defect will not affect 'to gain flat ab ' ( abdominals ) and can do abdominal exercises, how ever with large hernias which will not allow to do exercises , due to creation of intra -abdominal pressure may cause incarceration, and only option left is surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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