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Doctor insights on: Small 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! ...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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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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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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Sir i have a small umbilical hernia 1cm.i want to know that which surjary best for me?and after how much time i can do exersise?

Sir i have a small umbilical hernia 1cm.i want to know that which surjary best for me?and after how much time i can do exersise?

Get a surgical opin-: -ion and ask the surgeon these questions. Everyone has their own protocol after such surgery, depends also on how big it is @ how it's repaired. ...Read more

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Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Very unlikely: If the hernia is small and reducible (you can push it back in) it is unlikely to cause problems. If the hernia ever causes you pain or you cannot push it back in, that needs to be evaluated by a physician right away. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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I have a small reducible umbilical hernia. Should j wait to have it fixed ad I have 5 small children and no help. I will need to lift my 1 yr old?

Umbilical Hernia: Umbilical hernia rarely or ever becomes incarcerated (twisted or trapped). It is more of a cosmetic issue. There is no hurry to have it fixed. See your surgeon for best advice about timing of repair. ...Read more

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I have a small untreated umbilical hernia and no money for surgery. Am I going to die from it?

I have a small untreated umbilical hernia and no money for surgery. Am I going to die from it?

Doubtful.: While it is often best to fix this problem before it causes trouble, it is highly unlikely to kill you. The most concerning danger is the intestine cutting off it's blood supply when poking through the hernia. That's an emergency. So, if it starts getting bigger, or you feel uncomfortable pressure, and most definitely if it becomes painful, you should be examined right away, immediately. ...Read more

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What is a small fat containing umbilical hernia, I have been diagnosed with one, you can't see it, my belly button is still poked in!

Usually not serious: Hi james,
since the hernia is small and contains only fat (from within the abdomen), it is unlikely that it will lead to incarceration or strangulation of intestines, which is the worst complication of hernias. The belly button is still in the same spot. The fat in the small hernia sac is right next to the belly button (umbilicus). If the hernia gets larger or causes pain, it should be fixed. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What does it mean when adult has umbilical hernia and doc found pieces of bowel?

What does it mean when adult has umbilical hernia and doc found pieces of bowel?

Not unusual: A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall (weakness) in which there is intestines of omentum under the skin
When one repairs this hernia you incise the skin, push the intestines back into the abdominal cavity and either close the fascia or place a piece of mesh to hold them in. ...Read more

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Would having a circumaortic renal collar effect surgery for a small umbilical hernia repair?

Would having a circumaortic renal collar effect surgery for a small umbilical hernia repair?

It should not.: Umbilical hernia repair is a superficial surgery to the abdominal wall and should not be affected by an internal problem such as circumaortic renal collar. Circumaortic renal collar can be hazardous in retroperitoneal surgery (surgery involving the posterior part of the abdominal cavity), and then usually only if it is not previous known about. Umbilical hernias are located anteriorly. ...Read more

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How do you treat or reverse a small umbilical hernia where no protrusion has occurred? A doctor i went to said no surgeon would work on it yet.

Depends: This depends on whether or not you need or want to have it fixed. Keep in mind, the type of hernia you have described is very low risk to observe, especially if it is not causing symptoms. If it is causing symptoms, it may be better to fix it. See a general surgeon for a consultation to find out more, but make sure you identify your goals of treatment such as prevention or symptom relief. ...Read more

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Im 3 months post an umbilical hernia repair with mesh.I've had a small seroma and discharge for over a month.He has cauterized it &discharge is brown?

Old blood: It is very common to have some bleeding under the skin after an operation. That can collect there and is called a hematoma. Old blood turns a brownish color as it resolves. If it smells foul, there could be an infection. It should be healed by now, bit sometimes tales a little longer. Stick with you're surgeon for regular visits until healed, or inquire about another opinion. ...Read more

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I have a very small umbilical hernia and a bone spur in my heel. Would these make me fail a pre employment physical?

Reassurance : No. both of these small problems can not influence on your preemployment physical. But if your work requires heavy lifting you need to wear support for hernia just for your benefit. ...Read more

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What is a small fat containing umbilical hernia? That was on my CT scan, is it dangerous? My gyn doesn't seem to know whatbit is so i'm confused..

What is a small fat containing umbilical hernia? That was on my CT scan, is it dangerous? My gyn doesn't seem to know whatbit is so i'm confused..

Omenum: Sometimes the omentum ( fat apron in the belly) get stuck in the belly button hernia, ( umbilical ) if you have pain or discomfort get it repaired just small piece of fat not dangerous, if bowel enters , yes it is dangerous, . ...Read more

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I'm 29. have just had a ct. indicated I have a small umbilical hernia containing fat. Still having pain after two weeks. Should I talk to a surgeon?

I'm 29. have just had a ct. indicated I have a small umbilical hernia containing fat. Still having pain after two weeks. Should I talk to a surgeon?

Yes: If you are still having discomfort, you can see a General Surgeon for consultation to determine if the hernia is the cause of your pain and if/when surgery is recommended to fix the hernia. ...Read more

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Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

You should have: your surgeon take a look at it, if you are concerned about your post op status. Sometime, especially in men, a condition called diastasis can mimic hernia recurrence. ...Read more

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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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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

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