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I had an umbilical hernia repair few mnths back. Now my navel is itching all the time and inside its raw and smelly. Could it be infected?

I had an umbilical hernia repair few mnths back. Now my navel is itching all the time and inside its raw and smelly. Could it be infected?

Yes: It could be infected but it also may be normal odor from sweating. Sutures can also work their way out of the hernia repair. Return to you doctor and ask them, they should be able to put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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 1 week umbilical hernia surgery, it is hard under the skin?

Mesh: It's probably the mesh. It is normal. Should soften up over time. Call your surgeon if the wound is red or draining. ...Read more

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Severe bruising after an umbilical hernia repair 2 wks ago. The top flap of skin above bellybutton is still very swollen. When will it go down?

Severe bruising after an umbilical hernia repair 2 wks ago. The top flap of skin above bellybutton is still very swollen. When will it go down?

It depends: Swelling is common after surgery. The amount of swelling is based on the extensiveness of the operation, your body size, the location of the incision, but also can be due to a collection of fluid or blood under the skin, or an infection, or a recurrent hernia. it can last from a few days to several weeks. ...Read more

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Can an umbilical hernia return in children? My 5yo son's extra skin from uh surgery 5 yrs ago seems to be inflating and he complains of tummy aches.

Can an umbilical hernia return in children? My 5yo son's extra skin from uh surgery 5 yrs ago seems to be inflating and he complains of tummy aches.

Yes: Most umbilical hernias in children resolve by the age of 6. If a child has persistent swelling at the belly button with straining, he/she should be evaluated by a general surgeon for repair. ...Read more

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I had a umbilical hernia back in 2011 everything is fine except I itch around the incision area why?

I had a umbilical hernia back in 2011 everything is fine except I itch around the incision area why?

Unknown: It could be related to suture material or mesh, but is likely not a problem. On occasion, sutures can become infected years later. You would see redness, which would progress to a small opening that will drain pus. If that happens, see your surgeon for an exam. Hope this helps! ...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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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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How can I relieve pain from an umbilical hernia?

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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Is it possible for an umbilical hernia to get larger?

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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Can a small umbilical hernia affect my joining the military?

Can a small umbilical hernia affect my joining the military?

It shouldn't: Small umbilical hernias that cause no symptoms are quite common and can be watched without risk. If the military examiner feels the hernia should be repaired, it still should not interfere with your military service. ...Read more

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What can be done to determine if you have a umbilical hernia?

What can be done to determine if you have a umbilical hernia?

Physical exam: Hernia is diagnosed on physical exam. A physician should perform the physical exam since a lay person might not be able to differentiate a hernia from a solid mass. ...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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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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Is there any way to heal a umbilical hernia without surgery?

Not really: Some people will use a pressure belt to help them manage symptoms from a hernia but these are more commonly used for hernias in the groin and they are not particularly effective. The surgery for an umbilical hernia is usually considered a fairly minor day procedure - not something to worry too much about. ...Read more

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I have an umbilical hernia and it is causing a lot of pain, what should I do?

I have an umbilical hernia and it is causing a lot of pain, what should I do?

Get it fixed!: As long as you are more than 5 years old, ventral umbilical hernias should be repaired surgically with mesh. Complications of incarceration, strangulation, and bowel obstruction are possible over time as these defects in the abdominal wall enlarge. See a general surgeon for examination promptly. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My 2yr old daughter has umbilical hernia how can I ease her pain?

Referral needed: If your daughter is having pain with her umbilical hernia consult your pediatrician. He may want to refer you to a surgeon. ...Read more

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What is umbilical hernia surgery?

What is umbilical hernia surgery?

Repair: If one has an umbilical hernia, and hernia defect, and sac it can cause pain and other symptoms.
Repair can be done with stitches, mesh material
, and surgical techniques. ...Read more

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How much is umbilical hernia repair?

Several thousand: It depends on how big the hernia is and how the surgeon fixes it (open or laparoscopically).

The total cost includes the surgeon's fee, the anesthesiologist, nurses, operating room and equipment, and medications. This is usually several thousand dollars.

Insurance should cover the surgery. If you don't have insurance, some surgeons' offices will work with you to reduce the cost. ...Read more

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Can you have sex with an umbilical hernia?

Can you have sex with an umbilical hernia?

Yes: If the hernia causes significant pain at any time, it should be fixed. After surgery, depending on the size and type of repair, you may need to avoid intercourse for 3 weeks or so.

If you don't have surgery, you can have sex, although you should take it easy if it causes pain. ...Read more

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What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

Light: Eat light, non-greasy foods after any surgery until the effects of anesthesia wear off. 24-72 hours. If you are taking narcotics for pain you will want to continue this with increased fiber and fluids to avoid constipation. Once off of the pain mess you may resume your normal healthy diet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repair?

Umbilical hernia: If the hernia is 2cm or less, surgery is usually quick, 20-30 minutes and doesn't require mesh. If larger, it may require mesh placement. This can be done as an open or laparoscopic operation. I perform most of my hernia repairs laparoscopically but that's a matter of preference. Recovery is a few days. No strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Pretty simple procedure. ...Read more

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How soon can I have sex after an umbilical hernia?

How soon can I have sex after an umbilical hernia?

Hernia activity: Activities following hernia repair should be based on comfort. Any activity causing pain should be avoided. I recommend patients avoid strenuous activities for about six weeks, although every patient is differrent in the amount of activity that they would consider strenuous. ...Read more

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Does umbilical hernia repair require hospitalisation?

No: Usually an outpatient surgery at a hospital or surgery center. Can go home after recovered from the anesthetic. Unless the surgery is being performed for some uncommon emergency. ...Read more

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What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair.?

What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair.?

Short: Most umbilical hernia repairs are done outpatient and require a very short recovery. If you do a lot of liftinig, bending and stooping and straining your time for recovery may be longer (~2-4 weeks). If you have a less strenuous vocation, then perhaps less than a week to up to 2 weeks. It will depend on your size, condition, health and complications and your doctor's opinion. ...Read more

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Could my umbilical hernia be causing my testicular pain?

Not likely.: Umbilical hernia is not anatomically related to testicle. Have a urologist take a look at testicle to exclude any possiblity of infection or tumor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hCG pellets? And have an umbilical hernia

Is it safe to use hCG pellets? And have an umbilical hernia

Separate issues: The umbilical hernia, if small and no symptoms, shouldn't prevent you from any other medical treatment. If it is causing problems and/or very large, you should check with your primary care provider, who can do an exam and advise you more specifically. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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