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Skin Itching Around My Umbilical Hernia
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?
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Hiatal /Diaphragmati: These two only. Not umbilicalGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
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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