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I have a small untreated umbilical hernia and no money for surgery. Am I going to die from it?

I have a small untreated umbilical hernia and no money for surgery. Am I going to die from it?

Doubtful.: While it is often best to fix this problem before it causes trouble, it is highly unlikely to kill you. The most concerning danger is the intestine cutting off it's blood supply when poking through the hernia. That's an emergency. So, if it starts getting bigger, or you feel uncomfortable pressure, and most definitely if it becomes painful, you should be examined right away, immediately. ...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


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I have been told I have an umbilical hernia. Is it usual to have pain on my left side feeling like the worst side ache imaginable.

I have been told I have an umbilical hernia. Is it usual to have pain on my left side feeling like the worst side ache imaginable.

General surgeon: If you have an umbilical hernia and you're having pain, it could indicated that the hernia is getting incarcerated and needs to be repaired by an an abdominal surgeon as soon as possible to avoid the more serious complication of strangulation. ...Read more

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I have a umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia I havebpain on lower left side of stomAch, comes and goes should I worry.

I have a umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia I havebpain on lower left side of stomAch, comes and goes should I worry.

LOWER LEFT: SSIDE, PROBABLY NOT ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH HERNIAS.- UMBILICAL HERNIA IF LARGEB CAN E EASILY REPAIRED. HIATUS HERNIA MAY BE ASOCIATED WITH GERD (MEDS HELP) SEE PCP ...Read more

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I had surgery 6 m ago umbilical hernia there is a hard lump in my left side off the belly button?

I had surgery 6 m ago umbilical hernia there is a hard lump in my left side off the belly button?

Scar, mesh, hernia?: The hard lump could possibly be scar tissue, or the hernia may have recurred (come back), or it could be mesh or the knot of a suture.

If the bulge is painful and gets larger when you strain your abdominal muscles, then the hernia may have come back (not likely, though possible).

Your surgeon or a physician can examine the lump and let you know which they think it is. ...Read more

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Intermittent left side pain near belly button. I am day18 post op open umbilical hernia repair and gallbladder removal pain scale 8 neg fever or vomi?

Intermittent left side pain near belly button. I am day18 post op open umbilical hernia repair and gallbladder removal pain scale 8 neg fever or vomi?

May be normal...: It is common to have intermittent pain following umbilical hernia repair, and this is mostly determined by the extent and type of repair. Patients often have intermittent shape or "pulling" sensation that may extend several inches to either side of the umbilicus for a few weeks after repair. Check with your surgeon to make sure there's no other issue. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and you keep on dancing?

What could happen if you have an umbilical hernia and you keep on dancing?

Stable: May be unchanged with usual dancing
If very forceful and abdominal muscle straining, then may increase in size.
These are frequently and easily repaired ...Read more

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Does umbilical hernia happen if you cut the umbilical cord a different way?

Does umbilical hernia happen if you cut the umbilical cord a different way?

No.: Umbilical hernias are unrelated to the method used to cut the umbilical cord. ...Read 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?

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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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?

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

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What should I do about umbilical hernia?

May need surgery: If the hernia is getting bigger, is causing pain, or contains intestines (a surgeon could determine this), then you should see a general surgeon to have it repaired. If the hernia is not causing you discomfort, then you may not need surgery. It is a good idea to have a general surgeon look at it and discuss open (single larger incision) or laparoscopic (multiple smaller incisions) repair. ...Read more

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What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

What are the causes of umbilical hernia?

Multiple: The most common causes for an umbilical hernia include stretching and thinning of the abdominal wall with increased intraabdominal pressure. The classic examples are preganant women and obese people. Lack of exercise and abdominal wall atrophy is another cause. Previous incisions around the umbilicus can result in umbilical hernias as well. ...Read more

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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. ...Read 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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Can I workout if I have a umbilical hernia?

Yes: May not want to do sit-ups or strain abdominal s.
Many people have a small defect-umbilical for life with no symptoms or problems.
If it gets bigger, tender, it may need repair. ...Read more

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Do I need to get umbilical hernia repaired?

How big it is?: Most of the adult umbilical hernia with a defect size of tip of the finger do not bother and can be left alone. How ever larger hernias over 2cm or more, will potentially will give complications, pain, incarceration, obstruction, gangrene of bowel, peritonitis etc need as soon as possible surgery to prevent complications. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you have an umbilical hernia?

Can you tell if you have an umbilical hernia?

Examination: A physical examination by your doctor is usually sufficient. There may be a swelling or soft bulge located near the umbilicus, and would protrude more if you do straining or heavy lifting. ...Read more

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How severe is the pain for an umbilical hernia?

How severe is the pain for an umbilical hernia?

Depends: Size and shape!
If small and no mesh needed, is minimal ...Read more

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When should you getan umbilical hernia repaired?

Painful or large: Hi,
the goal of repairing an umbilical hernia is to take away the pain and the bulge, and also to prevent incarceration and strangulation of intestines within the hernia.

The hernia should be fixed if it is painful, large, produces a sizeable bulge, or if it contains intestines. The most common reason for fixing it is pain. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain from an umbilical hernia?

Surgery: Surgical repair is usually curative. Meanwhile avoid food and beverages that causing bowel distention and constipation. Abdominal belt may help as well. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an umbilical hernia to get larger?

Yes: Hernias in any location can slowly enlarge over time. Hernias will not resolve without surgical repair, may change little over time for some people, and can slowly enlarge over time. ...Read more

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How do I know if my umbilical hernia has strangulated?

See below: Incarcerated hernia means it is not reducible (unable to push it back). Strangulation happens when blood supply to herniated organs is cut off. It is a very serious problem and can lead to gangrene within hours (needs emergent surgical intervention). When a hernia is strangulated the pain increases and gets worse over time. At late stages there might be redness of the skin overlying the hernia. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of an umbilical hernia in men?

What are the consequences of an umbilical hernia in men?

Variable: Untreated, the hernia could get larger, or become incarcerated, which could lead to complications with repair, or require emergency care. While this could be serious, the chance it happens is probably very low. Having said that, it is also unpredictable. See a general surgeon for more info. ...Read more

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Can you live a normal life with a small umbilical hernia?

Yes: Yes if it is not hurting. If it starts to hurt have a doctor examine it. ...Read more

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Does it hurt the baby to push an umbilical hernia back in?

Does it hurt the baby to push an umbilical hernia back in?

No: Umbilical hernias are unlikely to cause a problem in infancy. Usually they go away without treatment by age 3. You should not keep trying to push it in. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

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