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.
2 1/2-4 weeks. The recovery time is longer for large hernias (such as those that contain intestines) that are fixed with a large, open incision. Recovery for those is about 4 weeks. Recovery for small umbilical hernias and those fixed laparoscopically is about 2 1/2 weeks. During that time, you shouldn't lift heavy objects, or the hernia could recur. Pain is proportional to the size of the incisions.

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What is the recovery for lapriscopic umbilical hernia repair. How long are you swollen from gas. Recovery restrictions?

Depends . most surgeons agree that maximum strength of your repair reached in 6 weeks. Some surgeons allow laparoscopic repairs to lift normally right away,but limited data to support this. I say wait 6 weeks for heavy lifting otherwise no restrictions to reduce recurrence risk. If gas bloat caused by surgical induced CO2 it will be gone in 72 hours. Read more...

I had an umbilical hernia repair few mnths back. Now my navel is itching all the time and inside its raw and smelly. Could it be infected?

Yes. It could be infected but it also may be normal odor from sweating. Sutures can also work their way out of the hernia repair. Return to you doctor and ask them, they should be able to put your mind at ease. Read more...

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...

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 on severity. Hernias require repair to prevent complications or worsening. If a lump is getting stuck in the hernia and can't be pushed back into the abdomen (reduced) it may contain intestine which could be dangerous. But if it is just an interesting finding on exam and is a little sore, it should probably wait until after last pregnancy since stretching the repaired area may make the repair fail again. Read more...
Depend on situation . If it causing you symptoms then you should fix it because it may get worse if you are pregnant because of increase abdominal pressure can worsen the hernia. Read more...
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...

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...
Relief or prevention. In general, you should have it repaired if it is bothering you or enlarging. Typically it is not urgent, but let your symptoms dictate the urgency. Or if you want to prevent it from getting worse, see a general surgeon for a consult. Read more...
Usually pain. An umbilical hernia needs to be fixed immediately if intestines or other tissues are stuck in the hernia (incarceration), especially if their blood supply is cut off (strangulation). These are rare but serious. Usually hernias need to be fixed if the pain is getting too bad or if the hernia is bothersome to the patient. Read more...

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...