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Doctor insights on: Signs And Symptoms Of Umbilical Hernia In Adults

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Alternate treatments for umbilical hernia in adults?

Alternate treatments for umbilical hernia in adults?

Operation: It's either an operation or observation. Different techniques for operation depend on your symptoms, physical exam, size if hernia defect and sac, obesity, previous operations at that location, diastasis recti, medical history, your goals, and surgeon experience. See a general surgeon for a consult to find out more. Good luck!

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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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Are there signs that you need to have an umbilical hernia fixed? I have heard they rarely become incarcerated. No pain leave it alone?

Are there signs that you need to have an umbilical hernia fixed? I have heard they rarely become incarcerated. No pain leave it alone?

Treat adult: Umbilical hernias in children usually resolve by 18 months. In adults they are not common and repair is recommended. For adults being overweight or having had multiple pregnancies increases the risk of developing a hernia.

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Have umbilical surgery I think I have umbilical hernia again what are the symptoms?

The "outie": Simply put, an outie belly button is one of the signs that there might be an umbilical hernia. Generally painless so ne real symptoms.

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Please explain what are some symptoms of a para-umbilical hernia?

Please explain what are some symptoms of a para-umbilical hernia?

Hernia: These can include buldging, pain, redness, tendernesss, incarceration, obstruction. If you think you have one best to meet with a surgeon and disucss options.

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What are the causes for an umbilical hernia to develop in an adult? After doing sit ups a few months ago, it developed. Underlying causes for uh?

Umbilical hernia: In adults, if there is too much pressure on the abdominal wall, fatty tissue or a part of the bowel can poke through a weak part of the abdominal muscle, resulting in an umbilical hernia. Doing sit ups could certainly contribute to its development in someone with anatomical risks such as a weak area in the abdominal wall. Obesity, persistent cough, or heavy lifting can increase the risk.

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Is it possible to have a hiatal hernia aswel as an umbilical hernia. I've been diagnosed with an umbilical, but also have symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Yes: You can have both a hiatal hernia and umbilical hernia. An umbilical hernia is a bulge through a defect in the abdominal wall at the belly button. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach goes up into the lower chest. Your symptoms could be due to reflux (gerd). You should see a surgeon, and he or she may perform an upper endoscopy (egd), depending on your symptoms.

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What are the long term problems of adult umbilical hernia surgery?

What are the long term problems of adult umbilical hernia surgery?

Usually none: Immediate complications after surgery may include infection, bowel obstruction, perforation, strangulation, gangrene etc. Don't worry much

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I have a small umbilical hernia & I have to get my gallbladder taken out. Is it safe to have the symptoms with the hernia? & can they see my ovaries too?

I have a small umbilical hernia & I have to get my gallbladder taken out. Is it safe to have the symptoms with the hernia? & can they see my ovaries too?

Yes Yes: After laparoscopic procedure the surgeon repairs the hernia, as the scope is introduced through umbilicus, also surgeon visualize the viscera for any abnormality, including ovaries only time it is not possible, due to the presence of extensive adhesion. Speak to your surgeon.

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I'm 32 yrs old. Had my tubes tied 5 months ago. I have a umbilical hernia. Don't see doc for 3 wks. What makes it worse? And is back pain a symptom.

I'm 32 yrs old. Had my tubes tied 5 months ago. I have a umbilical hernia. Don't see doc for 3 wks. What makes it worse? And is back pain a symptom.

Umbilical/incisional: Are you saying the umbilical hernia is from the umbilical incision for the tubal ligation? You should definitely see your doctor who did the surgery and follow up on that. You may need surgery to fix the hernia. Ignoring it makes the situation worse. Weight gain makes it worse. If the original surgeon is slow to response, condsider getting a second opinion from another surgeon!

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Ct showed fatty umbilical hernia. F/u on monday. Is it normal to have some pain after eating? What signs would indicate immediate medical attention?

Ct showed fatty umbilical hernia. F/u on monday. Is it normal to have some pain after eating? What signs would indicate immediate medical attention?

Severe pain/vomiting: You may have a slight pain after eating as the intestines move if part of the fatty apron of the stomach is a part of the "fatty hernia, " the pain you are having may not be related to the fatty hernia at all and could be your gall bladder or an ulcer. I recommend that you proceed to the ed if the pain is persistent progressive and intensifies especially if there is any associated redness/ heat.

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My husband is in his 50's, has an umbilical hernia (quite large), has put on several lbs. In the last 2- 3 months. Now bleeding from naval.? Serious

My husband is in his 50's, has an umbilical hernia (quite large), has put on several lbs. In the last 2- 3 months. Now bleeding from naval.? Serious

Possibly: The weight gain may have thinned the skin and allowed it to become irritated more easily as well as put more pressure on it from the hernia. Need to see a surgeon now for evaluation and to prevent infection or involvement of the hernia itself.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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