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Dr. David Earle
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Umbilical Hernia Repair (Overview)

A surgical procedure where a defect (hole) in the abdominal wall at the belly button or umbilicus is closed. This can be accomplished with sutures, mesh, or both. The procedure can be done with general or local anesthesia, and the patient is usually discharged home the same day.


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How much is umbilical hernia repair?

How much is umbilical hernia repair?

Several thousand: It depends on how big the hernia is and how the surgeon fixes it (open or laparoscopically).

The total cost includes the surgeon's fee, the anesthesiologist, nurses, operating room and equipment, and medications. This is usually several thousand dollars.

Insurance should cover the surgery. If you don't have insurance, some surgeons' offices will work with you to reduce the cost. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
125 doctors shared insights

Umbilical Hernia Repair (Overview)

A surgical procedure where a defect (hole) in the abdominal wall at the belly button or umbilicus is closed. This can be accomplished with sutures, mesh, or both. The procedure can be done with general or local anesthesia, and the patient is usually discharged home the same day.


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Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repair?

Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repair?

Umbilical hernia : If the hernia is 2cm or less, surgery is usually quick, 20-30 minutes and doesn't require mesh. If larger, it may require mesh placement. This can be done as an open or laparoscopic operation. I perform most of my hernia repairs laparoscopically but that's a matter of preference. Recovery is a few days. No strenuous activity for 6 weeks. Pretty simple procedure. ...Read more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

Avoid straining
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Does umbilical hernia repair require hospitalisation?

No: Usually an outpatient surgery at a hospital or surgery center. Can go home after recovered from the anesthetic. Unless the surgery is being performed for some uncommon emergency. ...Read more

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What's recovery time for an umbilical hernia repair .?

What's recovery time for an umbilical  hernia repair .?

Short: Most umbilical hernia repairs are done outpatient and require a very short recovery. If you do a lot of liftinig, bending and stooping and straining your time for recovery may be longer (~2-4 weeks). If you have a less strenuous vocation, then perhaps less than a week to up to 2 weeks. It will depend on your size, condition, health and complications and your doctor's opinion. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from umbilical hernia repair?

How long does it take to recover from umbilical hernia repair?

About 2-4 weeks: It depends. Recovery is longer for larger hernias (more than about 4 cm).

You can eat normal foods, walk, and climb stairs right after surgery.

Depending on the hernia size, the surgeon will probably recommend not lifting more than 15 lbs for 2 weeks, and no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks.

Pain usually improves by about 1 week after surgery. ...Read more

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How soon can you start exercising after umbilical hernia repair?

How soon can you start exercising after umbilical hernia repair?

Depends: It really depends on the size, use of mesh, surgical technique, surgeon preference and patient factors (diabetes, smoking, obesity, steroids, etc). Most people heal completely in 6 weeks. Some surgeons give no restrictions, others recommend waiting 2-3 weeks, and other surgeons want 6-8 weeks. The best thing to do is follow what your surgeon recommended. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: umbilical hernia repair?

Umb Hernia Repair: A surgical procedure where a defect (hole) in the abdominal wall at the belly button or umbilicus is closed. This can be accomplished with sutures, mesh, or both. The procedure can be done with general or local anesthesia, and the patient is usually discharged home the same day. ...Read more

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Can you please share their experience with umbilical hernia repair?

Very common problem: Typically a simple outpatient procedure. May or may not require mesh depending on the size. Several days of mild to moderate pain. Recommend no heavy lifting or straining for one month after repair, then no restrictions. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have pain where you had a umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Yes, mild pain: It is normal to have mild pain, especially with strenuous activity, at the site of an umbilical hernia repair for a few weeks after surgery. Severe pain, or pain lasting longer, is unusual. If the pain is severe, and especially if there is a bulge in that area, you should see the surgeon promptly to make sure that the hernia has not recurred. ...Read more

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I've had a umbilical hernia repair a year ago, but my hernia came back out. What to do now?

See your surgeon: Umbilical hernias may recur. If mesh was not used the first time, it will be needed for a subsequent repair. A binder can be used to control symptoms until the time of re-repair. You should see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have pain after 7 or so months after umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Is it normal to still have pain after 7 or so months after umbilical hernia repair with mesh?

Maybe: Some intermittent, mild discomfort is common, but more severe pain is not. Call your surgeon for a follow up exam. ...Read more

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Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair? Is this normal?

Strong Pulling sensation one week after tension free mesh umbilical hernia repair?  Is this normal?

Wait and see: do not stretch your abdomen too much for next 2 to 3 wks for compete healing then only you know if hernia is recurring . ...Read more

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I need to have an umbilical hernia repair. Nobody seems to be able to answer whether I should fix it now or wait until I am finished having children.

Depends: If you need to have the umbilical hernia repair because it's causing pain, because it's large, or because it contains intestines, then you should have it fixed now, then recover for several weeks, and then have kids.

If the hernia is small and is not causing pain, then you could probably have kids first, however pregnancy could make the hernia larger and more painful. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia repair burning 2years after?

Umbilical hernia repair burning 2years after?

Nonspecific : Many people have a variety of mild sensations in and around the area where a her is repair was performed for years. Usually they are not serious. If the symptoms are severe, limit activities, or persistent, you should have an exam by a primary care provider, or ideally your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...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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During an umbilical hernia repair, where is the incision and what is the downtime?

During an umbilical hernia repair, where is the incision and what is the downtime?

Two Options: Some surgeons repair the hernia by making an incision on top of the hernia. Some surgeons repair it laparoscopically with incisions along your side. Downtime for both is about the same. Every surgeon has differing restrictions after. Mine are simple. No heavy lifting greater than 10 lbs for two weeks. Otherwise live your normal life. ...Read more

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I just had an umbilical hernia repair. How long does it take to heal and what can I do about the bloatedness?

Full healing 4-6 wks: You should be feeling better in 1 week, but, you'll need 4-6 weeks for full strength in the wound to develop. If you resume activity or strain too soon, you may pop apart the wound and have another hernia develop. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...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