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Does the size of stomach reduces after surgical repair of umbilical hernia?

Does the size of stomach reduces after surgical repair of umbilical hernia?

Stomach size: Repairing a hernia will have no impact on the size of your stomach. ...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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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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Can umbilical hernia still resolve on its own in 6 years old without surgical repair? The hernia looks normal color, but the child complains ab pain.

Can umbilical hernia still resolve on its own in 6 years old without surgical repair? The hernia looks normal color, but the child complains ab pain.

Usually not: Usually if it will resolve on its own it is by about age 4. These are really small and simple operations. If it is causing pain just get it fixed. Very low risk and simple little procedure. Your child will be much better off. ...Read more

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When would a person have to get an umbilical hernia repair surgery?

When would a person have to get an umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Size, Symptoms: The biggest risk of any hernia is the potential for bowel to get stuck (incarcerated) within the hernia, necessitating emergency surgery to prevent intestinal death. If an umbilical hernia has reached a size where this is a real risk, or if the pain from the hernia is interfering with one's daily activities, surgery should be strongly considered. Best bet: see a surgeon for their opinion. ...Read more

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Can umbilical hernia repair surgery be affected by doing light cardio and lifting light weights (10lbs max) two weeks after surgery?

Can umbilical hernia repair surgery be affected by doing light cardio and lifting light weights (10lbs max) two weeks after surgery?

See below: 2 weeks is the usual time given after umbilical or inguinal hernia repair. If I were you I would wait 4 weeks. It is a lot better than to have to have the hernia recur. Speedy recovery. ...Read more

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When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair surgery?

When will the swelling go down after umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Swelling post-op: Swelling occurs after any type surgery, including hernia surgery. This swelling gets maximal over the first day or so. It normally takes a few weeks for most of the swelling to disappear. It may take 6-8 weeks for the swelling to completely dissipate. ...Read more

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Can I hear about experiences and recuperations of those who had umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Can I hear about experiences and recuperations of those who had umbilical hernia repair surgery?

2-3 weeks: Dear nicole,
recovery for repair of a large umbilical hernia is shorter if it is done laparoscopically, with small incisions and a video camera. Small umbilical hernias can easily be fixed with a single incision.

Depending on the size and type of surgery, you will be asked not to lift anything more than 15 lbs for about 3 weeks. Pain usually isn't bad, but is proportional to the hernia size. ...Read more

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Why is some points have some pain in. My para umbilical hernia surgery repaired by mesh. This is eighth day. When will the pain go away.?

Why is some points have some pain in. My para umbilical hernia surgery repaired by mesh. This is eighth day. When will the pain go away.?

More time needed: It can take 4-6 weeks to feel normal, and even then it can still be noticeable with certain movements. ...Read more

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How long does swelling last after umbilical hernia repair? I am 46 years old, at a healthy weight, and exercised for 60+ minutes before the surgery.

~4 days: It depends on how big the hernia was, how much dissection the surgeon had to do, and if it was done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (tiny incisions and a video camera).

Usually, most of the swelling should be fading by about 4 days after surgery. ...Read more

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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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Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.

Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? I've had it for ten months now.

Lump after surgery: A lump in the area where you had your surgery is most likely scar tissue. The thing to do is check with your surgeon to be sure. It is. Not. Unusual to have firm scar tissue like you have described. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia repair surgery a week ago and I have pain in my right side just above my hip for the last 3 days. Should I be concerned?

I had umbilical hernia repair surgery a week ago and I have pain in my right side just above my hip for the last 3 days. Should I be concerned?

Probably ok: Did you have a laparoscopic or open repair? Is there an incision near your area of pain? It is probably just muscle soreness after the operation. If you are eating normally, having normal BMs, and no fevers or drainage from your incision then it is very likely normal recovery. Nevertheless, you should see your surgeon to ensure everything is ok. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia repair surgery three weeks ago I was having pain so went to the er & they said the surgery didn't work what needs to be done no?

I had umbilical hernia repair surgery three weeks ago I was having pain so went to the er & they said the surgery didn't work what needs to be done no?

Return to surgeon: ASAP contact the surgeon for followup. This is their responsibility and you need to pursue it in order to find relief of whatever sort possible. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor does umbilical hernia repair surgery?

General Surgeon: Most general surgeons do umbilical hernia repair surgery for adults and some do them for children. Pediatric surgeons do them for children as well. ...Read more

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There is a dark yellow oily fluid leaking from where I had a umbilical hernia repair surgery 3 weeks ago?

Call your surgeon: While it could just be seroma fluid or a resolving hematoma, significant wound changes or wound drainage needs to be evaluated by your surgeon. Contact them now & do not wait. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia surgery 4 weeks ago. I now have a hard lump in the area of the belly button/just above. Second repair with mesh. Is this normal?

I had umbilical hernia surgery 4 weeks ago. I now have a hard lump in the area of the belly button/just above. Second repair with mesh. Is this normal?

It is probably: Healing or edge of mesh at this stage, recurrence or infection is unlikely. Show it to your surgeon, just to be sure. ...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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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 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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Is there any way to heal a umbilical hernia without surgery?

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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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

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