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Umbilical Hernia Support Belt
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
If i don't fix an umbilical hernia, how likely are the chances i will have a strangulated bowel? (i want to know how rare it is).
1-10%, Rare/serious: Umbilical hernias are pretty common. Incarceration or strangulation (very serious, can damage intestines) occur in about 1-10% of patients with an umbilical hernia during their lifetime. The surgery is fairly easy and simple. Strangulation is more likely if the fascia defect is small (less than 4 cm). If it causes pain, it should definitely be fixed promptly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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