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Umbilical hernia belts?

Umbilical hernia belts?

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 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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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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Is sex safe with an umbilical hernia?

Is sex safe with an umbilical hernia?

Hernia activity: Activities with a hernia should be limited by discomfort. If you experience pain at the site of a hernia, it would be prudent to discontinue whatever activity you are doing. ...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 should I do about umbilical hernia?

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 more

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What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

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 more

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Can I do pull ups with umbilical hernia.

Can I do pull ups with umbilical hernia.

As tolerated: Activity with an umbilical hernia should be as tolerated by pain and discomfort. If it gets larger, or causes pain, should be ale validated by a general surgeon. ...Read more

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What if umbilical. Hernia. Is not treated?

Depends on Size: Umbilical hernias are quite common and do not always require surgery. In general. I recommend repair if the hernia is causing pain or has reached a size where intestine can "incarcerate", or get stuck, in the hernia. ...Read more

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Can i workout if I have a umbilical hernia?

Yes: May not want to do sit-ups or strain abdominal s. Many people have a small defect-umbilical for life with no symptoms or problems. If it gets bigger, tender, it may need repair. ...Read more

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Do I need to get umbilical hernia repaired?

Do I need to get  umbilical hernia repaired?

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 more

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Can you tell if you have an umbilical hernia?

Can you tell if you have an umbilical hernia?

Examination: A physical examination by your doctor is usually sufficient. There may be a swelling or soft bulge located near the umbilicus, and would protrude more if you do straining or heavy lifting. ...Read more

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When should you getan umbilical hernia repaired?

Painful or large: Hi, 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

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How can I relieve pain from an umbilical hernia?

Surgery: Surgical repair is usually curative. Meanwhile avoid food and beverages that causing bowel distention and constipation. Abdominal belt may help as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repaired?

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

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Is it possible for an umbilical hernia to get larger?

Yes: Hernias in any location can slowly enlarge over time. Hernias will not resolve without surgical repair, may change little over time for some people, and can slowly enlarge over time. ...Read more

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How do I know if my umbilical hernia has strangulated?

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 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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Can you live a normal life with a small umbilical hernia?

Yes: Yes if it is not hurting. If it starts to hurt have a doctor examine it. ...Read more

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Does it hurt the baby to push an umbilical hernia back in?

Does it hurt the baby to push an umbilical hernia back in?

No: Umbilical hernias are unlikely to cause a problem in infancy. Usually they go away without treatment by age 3. You should not keep trying to push it in. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more