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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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Can you tell me about hernia support belt or shorts?

Can you tell me about hernia support belt or shorts?

They do not work: Do not waste your money. Hernia belts do not prevent the hernia from getting worse or causing problems. See your surgeon.

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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.

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In what way can I be suer I don't or do have a umbilical hernia without seeing a doctor?

See your doctor: To be sure see a doctor who is experienced in hernias. It is usually straight forward, but can sometimes be difficult to tell just from exam.

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I have an umbilical hernia and I have always been able to see it and feel it but now I can't see it or feel it unless I cough is that normal?

I have an umbilical hernia and I have always been able to see it and feel it but now I can't see it or feel it unless I cough is that normal?

Yes: That is very normal. The defect ("hole") doesn't disappear but the bulge (tissue coming through) may move in and out, making the hernia seem to change in size. Cough will exacerbate the bulging. The hernia should be fixed if you are healthy enough for surgery to avoid complications from it.

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My son, 7 weeks, has a 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 a 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.

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What to do if I don't know what it is it look like an umbilical hernia but it hurts and do I need to see a doctor?

What to do if I don't know what it is it look like an umbilical hernia but it hurts and do I need to see a doctor?

Depends: Depends on how bad the symptoms are. The more severe, the more likely you should see you primary care provider (pcp). Umbilical hernias are usually associated with a lump under the skin that can be pushed in to the abdominal cavity with manual pressure. Your pcp should be able to tell if its dangerous with an exam.

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I have an umbilical hernia, I was meant to have surgery but didn't. I have to fly on 4 days. Should I be worried? I'm in a lot of pain

I have an umbilical hernia, I was meant to have surgery but didn't. I have to fly on 4 days. Should I be worried? I'm in a lot of pain

Yes, you should be: Worried if you are in a lot of pain. If your pain is related to the hernia, you should not wait to have surgery as pain usually means incarcerated bowel and the failure to release it could lead to bowel death with resulting resection of affected intestine. Please go to the ER right away.

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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).

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Can I do pull ups with umbilical hernia.

As tolerated: Activity with an umbilical hernia should be as tolerated by pain and discomfort. If it gets larger, or causes pain, should be ale validated by a general surgeon.

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Can you tell me about an umbilical hernia repaired?

Hernia repair: The least invasive approach is a small incision at the umbilicus, using sutures, mesh, or both to repair the defect. There are "ventral patches" specifically designed for this type of repair that are highly effective. A laparoscopic approach is used for certain situations such as obesity or hernias from prior incisions. See a general surgeon to find out more.

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Do you know what to do about umbilical hernia & how I got it?

Do you know what to do about umbilical hernia & how I got it?

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 it can be congenital cause or from a previous surgery at that site.

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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.

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Do people with umbilical hernia have a lot of pain?

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.

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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.

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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.

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My dad umbilical hernia is hard and is hurting please tell me what to do its an emergency?!

Maybe: It sound like he has developed an incarceration, meaning something is stuck in the hernia. If it is a portion of the intestine, then yes it is serious problem. He should be evaluated immediately.

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Can an umbilical hernia cause bad breath?

Can an umbilical hernia cause bad breath?

No: See Surgeon to Rx hernia. See Dentist to begin investigating cause of bad breath. Additional investigation by Physician may be required. Bad breath usually from infection (cavities, gum disease, infected tonsils) and/or trapped food debris on tongue or in particular between teeth. Please seek professional help.

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