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Pain In Belly Button Hernia
My eight year old son fell hard on his bottom and is now complaining of pain in his belly button area. Possible hernia?
Very Unlikely: If your son had an umbilical (belly button) hernia, there would be a bump at the belly button that was soft and squishy. These do not commonly cause pain. He may be feeling the jarring sensation from falling so hard. Keep an eye on him and if the pain worsens over the next couple days, consider seeing his pediatrician. ...Read more
Pain in belly button. Went to doctor but CT scan was normal. No bulge but sensitive to the slightest touch. Could it be an umbilical hernia?
Maybe: An umbilical hernia can be surgically repaired or observed. If it is causing discomfort or enlarging, then it can be repaired. If it is stable, small, and causing no symptoms or problems then it can be observed. If it is in a young child, then it can be observed as some may resolve on their own. ...Read more
No: Small umbilical hernias usually don't cause much trouble, as they enlarge there is more likelihood bowel or omentum will become trapped in the hernia. Usually they can be repaired easily as an outpatient, often with a small piece of mesh placed behind the hole just outside the lining of the abdominal cavityie, the peritoneum. ...Read more
Surgical repair: This depends on your definition of "best". If the hernia is bothersome, limiting your activities, or enlarging, usually the best thing to do is repair it with an operation. Mesh repair is often used, and has slightly lower failure rates, with theoretically slightly increased risk of problems with the mesh. There are mesh products referred to as "ventral patches", and used by general surgeons. ...Read more
Hernia is: Defect, or hole, in the fascia, or the covering, of the abdominal wall. At the belly button, or umbilicus, there is a potential weakness where the fetus connects to placenta in the uterus. When the area does not close completely at birth or potential weak area breaks down for any reason, you can get an umbilical hernia. ...Read more
Maybe: If you are referring to a physical for work or the military, it will depend on the doctor doing it and the job requirements. These are very common, and can be highly variable in terms of their significance. Small hernias without symptoms can generally be safely watched, without activity restriction. Larger hernias or those causing pain may need repair by a general surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Uncertain: If the pain is directly over the hernia, it is likely related to the hernia, and you should see a general surgeon for a consultation. If the hernia was repaired, and that's where the pain is, it should gradually improve over the course of 2-6 weeks depending on the type of repair and your response to operation. Hope this helps! ...Read more
You can: Yes you can walk and jog unless it is uncomfortable. If you are having symptoms or the hernia is large you will need to have it surgically repaired. You should absolutely not do any heavy lifting greater than 10 lbs. Nor any abdominal exercises before and for 6 weeks after repair. ...Read more
It could. However most times hernias are painless.
I would have it looked at. ...Read more
Had an op 1week ago on a hernia. How long does it take for the swelling to go down. It was in my belly button?
It shoukd be better: By now. See the surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
My little boy seems to have a hernia in his belly button but it looks to be very red and bloodlike. What should I do?
Don't worry: Most umbilical hernias in infants close on their own by age two. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I have two lumps on each side of my belly below my belly button when I lean back. Not painful. Not hernias. What could it be?
Lipomas: These are often a benign cyst of fat cells called a lipoma. ...Read more
Have a hernia above my belly button. Yesterday noticed blood coming out of my belly button, could that be caused by my hernia?
I have a hernia near my belly button. Do I need to have this surgically removed or can I live happily with this for the rest of my days?
What is the size: Less than 2 cm size, that means barely admits the tip of index finger, rarely get incarcerates If size is larger good chance it will, so decision is based on clinical presentation also. If you don't have symptoms and is small may leave but have symptoms get it repaired is a low risk out patient procedure ...Read more
I have a hernia slightly above my belly button my husband and I want 2 more kids is it best to wait for the surgery till after kids or do it now?
Unless tender, enlarging rapidly, or stuck full.
Small umbilical hernias may go along with no or uncommon issues. ...Read more
I have what I think is a hernia around the upper part of my belly button, when it comes out its about the size of a baseball. I'm worried about it?
Umbilical hernia: It sounds like you have an umbilical hernia, meaning a part of your bowels are poking out beyond your stomach muscles through your belly button. As long as it easily goes back into place, it should not cause harm. If it gets larger, affects your bowel movements, or gets stuck, then you will need surgical repair. ...Read more