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Umbilical & supra umbilical hernia repair 21/2 weeks ago. A hard knot size of a ball point pen came up and is very painful. Normal? No fever, swelling

Umbilical & supra umbilical hernia repair 21/2 weeks ago. A hard knot size of a ball point pen came up and is very painful. Normal? No fever, swelling

Should be looked at: Dear jenni,

the most concerning cause for a bulge at the site of a hernia repair is a recurrent hernia. This would create a bulge at the same site that is painful and increases with straining.

A smaller "knot, " such as you're describing, could be fibrous scar tissue, suture, or mesh.

Severe pain 2 1/2 weeks after surgery is rare, so you should definitely have it looked at promptly. ...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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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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Can you die from an umbilical hernia?

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! ...Read more

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How severe is the pain for an umbilical hernia?

How severe is the pain for an umbilical hernia?

Depends: Size and shape!
If small and no mesh needed, is minimal ...Read more

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What are the consequences of an umbilical hernia in men?

What are the consequences of an umbilical hernia in men?

Variable: Untreated, the hernia could get larger, or become incarcerated, which could lead to complications with repair, or require emergency care. While this could be serious, the chance it happens is probably very low. Having said that, it is also unpredictable. See a general surgeon for more info. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia, what kind of pain can I expect regarding this?

Umbilical hernia, what kind of pain can I expect regarding this?

Umbilical hernia: Hernias can cause pain and more commonly when things are intermittently stuck or incarcerated in the defect.
This is a sign that you should have this issue evaluated by a medical professional and consider treatment if it is frequent or changes your ability to do normal daily activities. ...Read more

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What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and don't treat it?

What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and don't treat it?

Incarceration: The hernia, (hole in the abdominal wall), can allow abdominal contents to protrude through. Low probability, but those contents can become stuck, (incarcerated). This usually causes significant pain. The incarcerated contents may then turn in to gangrene (strangulated), requiring emergency operation. If it doesn't hurt, and not enlarging, probably ok to observe. Check with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Is outie the same as umbilical hernia?

Is outie the same as umbilical hernia?

Not necessarily: Although I have found many small hernias that people thought were just 'outies'. For it to be a hernia there needs to be a defect in the muscle with bowel or fat coming through. Conversely, an outtie is usually just skin and scar. ...Read more

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How hard is an umbilical hernia operation?

Usually easy: It depends on how big the hernia is and if you have had many previous abdominal surgeries. The surgeon can fix the hernia open (single incision) or laparoscopically (multiple small incisions). The surgery is usually very straightforward. Most patients go home the same day. The surgery is very common. ...Read more

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Is there discharge with a umbilical hernia?

No: Hernias are associated with bulges not discharge. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy agrivate an umbilical hernia?

Can a colonoscopy agrivate an umbilical hernia?

Probably not: The colon is actually not attached to the front abdominal wall and hernia is a result of a defect in the wall through which part of your colon/small intestine can get squeezed in resulting in the bulge--the hernia. Colon prep cleans out your colon and colonoscopy is just a scope being threaded into the colon to take a look. This should not make the hernia worse. Consult doc. Good luck. ...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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Do people with umbilical hernia have a lot of pain?

Sometimes.: Pain from an umbilical hernia is dependent on the size of the hole and what, if anything, is "stuck" within the hole. It is not uncommon for fat to get stuck in these hernias. This can irritate nerves in that area, leading to a queasy feeling, especially when the lump is touched. Rarely, intestine can get stuck in this hernia, leading to a bowel obstruction, intense pain, and emergency surgery. ...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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Do I need surgery if my umbilical hernia does not hurt?

Do I need surgery if my umbilical hernia does not hurt?

Not necessarily: The two main reasons to recommend hernia repair are (1)if the symptoms are interfering w/one's quality of life or (2)if the size of the hernia is large enough to lead to bowel incarceration. It sounds like you've answered #1; I advise you to see a hernia surgeon to help answer #2. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my umbilical hernia is getting bigger?

How can I tell if my umbilical hernia is getting bigger?

Umbilical hernia: It is getting bigger if the protruding intestine is more and obviously, visually more bulky. What to watch out for is if it is harder to push it back, or there is pain or there is discoloration, that is being irreducible or strangulated. ...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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Experts, might someone need surgery for an umbilical hernia?

If it is causing: Pain or discomfort, yes, also discoloration of overlying skin. Only exception is for children < 4 years old, where hernia might resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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Is a mesh a good surgical repair option for umbilical hernia?

Is a mesh a good surgical repair option for umbilical hernia?

Yes: Mesh is the best surgical option for repair of an umbilical hernia. Hernias smaller than a centimeter can probably be repair with suture alone, but anything bigger requires mesh to decrease the risk of a recurrent hernia. ...Read more

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Will an umbilical hernia affect the ability to gain a flat ab?

Depends how big: Most of the umbilical hernias, with finger tip defect will not affect 'to gain flat ab ' (abdominals) and can do abdominal exercises, how ever with large hernias which will not allow to do exercises, due to creation of intra -abdominal pressure may cause incarceration, and only option left is surgery. ...Read more

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Should you have a colonoscopy if you have an umbilical hernia?

Yes: The presence of an umbilical hernia does not preclude you from undergoing a colonoscopy. As always, just be sure that there is a proper indication for you to have the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and you keep on dancing?

What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and you keep on dancing?

Stable: May be unchanged with usual dancing
If very forceful and abdominal muscle straining, then may increase in size.
These are frequently and easily repaired ...Read more

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Does umbilical hernia happen if you cut the umbilical cord a different way?

Does umbilical hernia happen if you cut the umbilical cord a different way?

No.: Umbilical hernias are unrelated to the method used to cut the umbilical cord. ...Read more

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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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Does anyone out there know how to deal with umbilical hernia without surgery?

Does anyone out there know how to deal with umbilical hernia without surgery?

Yes: An umbilical hernia has a higher risk of incarceration and strangulation of bowel. If you have a very small umbilical hernia, it usually doesn't need to be repaired. If your hernia is greater than 1 cm, I would advise consideration of elective repair, especially if it causes pain. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a umbilical hernia. What's the recovery time after surgery?

I was diagnosed with a umbilical hernia. What's the recovery time after surgery?

Depends: It depends on your medical history, physical exam, size of hernia, and technique of repair. For most of my hernia patients, I tell them to return to normal activity as tolerated by pain and discomfort. Typical recovery times range from a few days for "simple" cases, to a several weeks for larger hernias and more complex clinical scenarios. ...Read more

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I had a umbilical hernia repaired lapiscopic but am still in pain. What can I do?

I had a umbilical hernia repaired lapiscopic but am still in pain. What can I do?

See your surgeon: Unfortunately, pain is expected after hernia repair, whether performed laparoscopically or "open". Most people are pain-free within a few weeks after hernia surgery. If your repair was done a while ago and you are still in pain, you need to see your surgeon to help get to the bottom of this. I hope it gets better soon. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a minimal umbilical hernia. Can this heal without surgery?

Usually not: An umbilical hernia in adults may change in size, but it almost never goes away without surgery.

The surgery is very common, and you should be able to go home the same day. ...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