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Is mesh useful to help an umbilical hernia after pregnancy?

Is mesh useful to help an umbilical hernia after pregnancy?

Yes: There are now a few products on the market specifically designed for small hernias at the umbilicus. Current data suggest lower recurrence rates with mesh, without mesh related complications at up to two years follow-up. Every case however is unique, so you will have to discuss it with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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After pregnancy, how can you tell if it's a slight umbilical hernia or outie?

After pregnancy, how can you tell if it's a slight umbilical hernia or outie?

Usually easy: If you cough or sneeze, and you are able to feel a bulge come out when you do this, then you may have an umbilical hernia. While most are not emergencies, should a part of the small bowel get trapped, then it could turn into a worrisome issue. See your doctor who delivered your child or your primary doctor and have her/him evaluate your umbilical area. They will be able to reassure you. ...Read more

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Do i need to wear any support during pregnancy with umbilical hernia? If yes when to start wear it?

Do i need to wear any support during pregnancy with umbilical hernia?  If yes when to start wear it?

No need: There is no need for support. Just make sure that you can push it in every night before going to bed. Try to coordinate repair with delivery. ...Read more

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I have a small umbilical hernia this happend during my last pregnancy 5ys ago. Is it ok/safe to get pregnant again?

I have a small umbilical hernia this happend during my last pregnancy 5ys ago. Is it ok/safe to get pregnant again?

Yes: If you didn't have any problems during your last pregnancy with your umbilical hernia, you probably won't have them with a subsequent hernia. Pregnancy tends to enlarge them and the larger an umbilical hernia is, the less likely it is to cause a serious health problem like entrapment of the intestines. ...Read more

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I'd a small umbilical hernia in my 1st pregnancy 15 yrs ago, it was repaired by itself, then again in the 2nd pregnancy, is truss useful to me?

Well.: If you the hernia does not cause any symptoms and you are ready to comply with the regimen of a truss go ahead. However, in time your abdominal muscles may get weaker and the hernia may grow in size and than you probably have to repair it anyhow. Have a surgeon see you and let him guide you as what would be the best for you. I would wear the truss only as a temporary measure. ...Read more

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Developed umbilical hernia during pregnancy, shrunk on its own but still bludges. Can sex help it to shrink further or will it shrink on its own?

Developed umbilical hernia during pregnancy, shrunk on its own but still bludges. Can sex help it to shrink further or will it shrink on its own?

Anatomic separation: When a woman gets pregnant, the Right & Left rectus muscles separate & thin to cover the growing baby. The umbilicus can bulge, a weakness of the tissues between the R & L muscles. It gets smaller after delivery but does not go back to normal. If there is a hernia, a pouch of internal abdominal fat or intestinal contents, a small one may not need surgery. Exercises with ab muscles don't treat it. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia and pregnancy--can I put duct tape over it?

Umbilical hernia and pregnancy--can I put duct tape over it?

As you wish : While duct tape is useful for thousands of applications, fixing a hernia is not one of them. It may provide symptom relief, but will do nothing to alleviate the risk of getting worse. Ask your OB doctor for a physical exam and recommendations. ...Read more

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Do you recommend having an umbilical hernia repaired if I'm planning another pregnancy? its small but does bother me with dull pain at times. Thanks

Do you recommend having an umbilical hernia repaired if I'm planning another pregnancy? its small but does bother me with dull pain at times. 
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Watchful waiting: Definatelly would recommend to wait until after the baby is born and your body has return to its baseline. There are many anatomical changes as well as potential risks to the baby. But if there is any sudden severe pain and bulge is not going back in then you need to seek surgical management asap (extremely rare). ...Read more

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Is it safe to become pregnant with a small untreated umbilical hernia? Will pregnancy make the hernia worse?

Is it safe to become pregnant with a small untreated umbilical hernia? Will pregnancy make the hernia worse?

Depends on size: and symptoms. If hernia is relatively small and you have no symptoms, you are probably ok. Ask your ob-gyn for specific recommendation. ...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


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more