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Dr. David Earle
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Umbilical Hernia (Overview)

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 passed through the hole.


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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

Dr. David Earle
342 doctors shared insights

Umbilical Hernia (Overview)

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 passed through the hole.


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Is it possible to have a hiatal hernia aswel as an umbilical hernia. I've been diagnosed with an umbilical, but also have symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Is it possible to have a hiatal hernia aswel as an umbilical hernia. I've been diagnosed with an umbilical, but also have symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Yes: You can have both a hiatal hernia and umbilical hernia. An umbilical hernia is a bulge through a defect in the abdominal wall at the belly button.

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach goes up into the lower chest. Your symptoms could be due to reflux (gerd). You should see a surgeon, and he or she may perform an upper endoscopy (egd), depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

With a Hiatal hernia, Indulge in foods that are easy to digest. ...See more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

Avoid straining
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Consider getting your hernia surgically repaired
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Avoid heaving lifting
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See a general surgeon
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What is the difference in symptoms between an umbilical hernia and an abdominal muscle strain?

What is the difference in symptoms between an umbilical hernia and an abdominal muscle strain?

Bulge: If you have a hernia then in addition to the pain you may also notice a swelling at your belly button (you now have an outie instead of an innie). The other thing is a muscle strain will get better with time and rest. A hernia will stay the same or get worse until it is fixed with surgery. ...Read more

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Ct showed fatty umbilical hernia. F/u on monday. Is it normal to have some pain after eating? What signs would indicate immediate medical attention?

Ct showed fatty umbilical hernia. F/u on monday. Is it normal to have some pain after eating? What signs would indicate immediate medical attention?

Severe pain/vomiting: You may have a slight pain after eating as the intestines move if part of the fatty apron of the stomach is a part of the "fatty hernia, " the pain you are having may not be related to the fatty hernia at all and could be your gall bladder or an ulcer. I recommend that you proceed to the ed if the pain is persistent progressive and intensifies especially if there is any associated redness/ heat. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

With a Hiatal hernia, take care to chew your food and never swallow food in a hurry. ...See more

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I was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia in august last year. Its now worse I can't eat, have fevers, have trouble with my bowels, excruciating pain?

SEE A DOCTOR: The symptoms you're having are very serious. You should go to the er or see a general surgeon immediately. The surgeon will likely fix the hernia very soon. If you wait and there are intestines caught within the hernia sac, then the intestines can become damaged or strangulated (blood supply cut off). ...Read more

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Upper right quadrant pain for years, gallbladder removed 2010 pain carried but cont., 2nd cesarean with umbilical hernia repair 2012. All test norm?

Upper right quadrant pain for years, gallbladder removed 2010 pain carried but cont., 2nd cesarean with umbilical hernia repair 2012. All test norm?

Obtain further tests: I would recommend obtaining evaluation with a gastroenterologist as many things can cause your pain: sphincter of oddi dysfunction, choledocholithiasis, dyspepsia, etc. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

Citrus foods are harmful for hernia patients, while fruits like bananas, avocados and berries are safer. ...See more

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Can anyone tell me what could be the worst thing that could happen if you have umbilical hernia and you keep on dancing/walking?

Can anyone tell me what could be the worst thing that could happen if you have umbilical hernia and you keep on dancing/walking?

Worst... strangulate: Strangulation of a hernia is uncommon but a potentially lethal complication of a hernia. If the intestines become trapped in a hernia, the blood supply may become constricted and result in ischemia of the intestines and perforation with peritonitis. This is not a subtle finding and would cause severe pain. Make sure that the hernia can be reduced or pushed back in after activities. See a md. ...Read more

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How does cirrhosis of the liver cause an umbilical hernia?

How does cirrhosis of the liver cause an umbilical hernia?

Related: Cirrhosis of liver doesn't cause an umbilical hernia but accumulation of fluid in the abdomen known as ascites due to cirrhosis can place enough pressure on the area of umbilicus where umbilical cord came through in infancy to open up the tissue canal enough that hernia results. Drainage of the ascites fluid can occur sometimes. The Best treatment is treat the ascites as surgical repair indicated. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

If your hernia ever feels like it is stuck with a firm tender mass seek immediate medical attention. ...See more

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My son, 7 weeks, has an umbilical hernia. Does this mean when he was born he wasen't fully developed & how concerned should i be? (Stressing already)

My son, 7 weeks, has an umbilical hernia. Does this mean when he was born he wasen't fully developed & how concerned should i be? (Stressing already)

Umbilical hernias: Are defects in the abdominal wall that many babies are born with. They protrude more during crying or vomiting, but should always be soft and flesh colored. You should easily be able to push it back in. Many of these correct by themselves by about 2 years of age. A simple surgical procedure can be performed in those that do not. Only very large hernias increase risk of bowel entrapment. ...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.

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 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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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

Don't . Living with a hernia is gambling with your life, it will get worse with enough time. ...See more

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What if umbilical. Hernia. Is not treated?

Depends on Size: Umbilical hernias are quite common and do not always require surgery. In general. I recommend repair if the hernia is causing pain or has reached a size where intestine can "incarcerate", or get stuck, in the hernia. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for umbilical hernia?

What is the best treatment for umbilical hernia?

Surgical repair.: The most durable treatment is surgical repair. A hernia is a weakness of the abdominal wall that can cause the intestines or other internal organs to get be abnormally positioned in the area of weakness. Rarely these organs get stuck which can be serious. The best treatment is to surgically remove the organs and reconstruct the area of weakness. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

Do not lift heavy weights if you have a hernia. ...See more

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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

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I had umbilical hernia surgery yesterday today I'm so sore I can't walk cough or anything and my tablets wear of to quick, . What can I do?

I had umbilical hernia surgery yesterday today I'm so sore I can't walk cough or anything and my tablets wear of to quick, . What can I do?

Call Surgeons Office: We have many alternatives to narcotic pain medication to help control postop pain, such as ice packs, nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen), and acetaminophen. If that doesn't work, you may need a higher narcotic dose. Please check with your surgeon--they will likely offer these options. Rest assured, the pain will lessen every day! ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

Yoga helps in reducing weight and so, reduces risk of hernia. ...See more

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What are the risks of an untreated umbilical/abdominal hernia in a 48 yr old male? 9 mos ago my husband was told by 2 drs. He had an umbilical hernia & required surgery at that time he was told it was less than 3 CM in size & didn't require surgery by ano

Damage intestines: The risks of having an umbilical hernia are that intestines can become trapped inside (incarcerated), and their blood supply can then be cut off (strangulation). That could cause necrosis (death) of that part of intestine, which could lead to a hole in the intestine wall. This is very rare but is serious.

Usually untreated hernias just may cause some pain. ...Read more

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What is the procedure when someone has an umbilical hernia?

Umb. hernia repair: An umbilical hernia repair is fairly simple. It can be done open (single small incision) or laparoscopically (with multiple small incisions, long instruments, and a video camera).

A sterile, synthetic mesh is almost always placed, and the fascia (thick tissue) is closed over the mesh. This helps to prevent the hernia from coming back (recurring). ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

Hernia girdles don't help in a cure, but they may help in alleviating pain and discomfort. ...See more

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Umbilical hernia belts?

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?

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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Umbilical hernia (Tip)

Painless hernias, don't need to be fixed. Studies show that. But once painful, they need surgery. ...See 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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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

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