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Can you fix an umbilical hernia without surgery?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
16 doctors agree
In brief: No, however...
...Not all umbilical hernias require repair. When diagnosed in infancy, these rarely cause symptoms and can often close on their own.
If they persist beyond 3-4, elective repair is recommended before school. In adults, repair is recommended if the hernia causes symptoms or is of a sufficient size to allow intestine into the hernia.

In brief: No, however...
...Not all umbilical hernias require repair. When diagnosed in infancy, these rarely cause symptoms and can often close on their own.
If they persist beyond 3-4, elective repair is recommended before school. In adults, repair is recommended if the hernia causes symptoms or is of a sufficient size to allow intestine into the hernia.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
8 doctors agree
In brief: No
If the umbilical hernia has not closed by age two or if it becomes symptomatic prior to age two it should be fixed.
This is done easily on outpatient basis.

In brief: No
If the umbilical hernia has not closed by age two or if it becomes symptomatic prior to age two it should be fixed.
This is done easily on outpatient basis.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
You cannot improve it without surgery but you can prevent it from getting worse by eliminating or diminishing intra abdominal pressure.
This could be due to obesity, strenuous physical activity, chronic constipation, inappropriate use of abdominal muscles that can be corrected using core strengthening regimens, bad posture or body mechanics, any activity causing you to bear down, etc.

In brief: Probably not
You cannot improve it without surgery but you can prevent it from getting worse by eliminating or diminishing intra abdominal pressure.
This could be due to obesity, strenuous physical activity, chronic constipation, inappropriate use of abdominal muscles that can be corrected using core strengthening regimens, bad posture or body mechanics, any activity causing you to bear down, etc.
Dr. Otto Placik
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6 doctors agree
In brief: In Adults, No
Unfortunately in adults surgery is the only way to repair an umbilical hernia.
The hernia is basically a "hole" in the abdominal wall which allows the abdominal lining or part of the abdominal organs to protrude through the area around the belly button. The main reason surgery is required to fix these is that in some cases, intestine or other tissue can become trapped in the hernia and lose its blood supply (become strangulated). This is an emergency needing surgery.

In brief: In Adults, No
Unfortunately in adults surgery is the only way to repair an umbilical hernia.
The hernia is basically a "hole" in the abdominal wall which allows the abdominal lining or part of the abdominal organs to protrude through the area around the belly button. The main reason surgery is required to fix these is that in some cases, intestine or other tissue can become trapped in the hernia and lose its blood supply (become strangulated). This is an emergency needing surgery.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Sadly no
An umbilical hernia is when fat or even intestines are able to push through a pre-existing hole (hernia) in the naval.
Once the hole has streched open enough to see and feel the hernia there is no way for the hole to close back up without surgery. That being said the surgery is usually very simple and straightforward with a fast recover and worth doing!

In brief: Sadly no
An umbilical hernia is when fat or even intestines are able to push through a pre-existing hole (hernia) in the naval.
Once the hole has streched open enough to see and feel the hernia there is no way for the hole to close back up without surgery. That being said the surgery is usually very simple and straightforward with a fast recover and worth doing!
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Sorry but that is the answer. Fortunately, umblilical hernia surgery is usually a simple, outpatient procedure and it prevents the hernia from enlarging and becoming a much more serious problem.

In brief: No
Sorry but that is the answer. Fortunately, umblilical hernia surgery is usually a simple, outpatient procedure and it prevents the hernia from enlarging and becoming a much more serious problem.
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on age
Umbilical hernias tend to close on their own by 12 to 18 months of age.
Repair is rarely recommended until 3 years of age. Umbilical hernias in adults are acquired rather than congenital, and require surgical repair.

In brief: Depends on age
Umbilical hernias tend to close on their own by 12 to 18 months of age.
Repair is rarely recommended until 3 years of age. Umbilical hernias in adults are acquired rather than congenital, and require surgical repair.
Dr. John Edmison
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
In an adult an umbilical hernia will not correct without surgery.

In brief: No
In an adult an umbilical hernia will not correct without surgery.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually
Umbilical hernias in baby's are usually not fixed as they often resolve by themselves this does not happen in older children and adults and requires surgery.

In brief: Not usually
Umbilical hernias in baby's are usually not fixed as they often resolve by themselves this does not happen in older children and adults and requires surgery.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
No.

In brief: No
No.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
No.

In brief: No
No.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
But surgery can be fairly minor.

In brief: No
But surgery can be fairly minor.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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