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What if umbilical. Hernia. Is not treated?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. David Henry
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually is ok

An umbilical hernia should be fixed if it is causing pain, if it's bothersome to the patient, or if intestines are trapped within it (incarceration).
If the hernia is small and is not causing significant pain, then it does not have to be fixed. There is a very small risk of intestines becoming trapped inside (incarceration) and their blood supply becoming cut off (strangulation).

In brief: Usually is ok

An umbilical hernia should be fixed if it is causing pain, if it's bothersome to the patient, or if intestines are trapped within it (incarceration).
If the hernia is small and is not causing significant pain, then it does not have to be fixed. There is a very small risk of intestines becoming trapped inside (incarceration) and their blood supply becoming cut off (strangulation).
Dr. David Henry
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernias are often not treated as they do not typically cause symptoms or trouble.

In brief: Umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernias are often not treated as they do not typically cause symptoms or trouble.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Often nothing

Can often leave it alone.
Especially if small and not painful. May remain stable for years. If enlarging or causing pain get it fixed.

In brief: Often nothing

Can often leave it alone.
Especially if small and not painful. May remain stable for years. If enlarging or causing pain get it fixed.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Mark Pack
Surgery

In brief: Depends

As with any hernia, it can get larger, cause pain, lead to incarceration or trapping of bowel or other intraabdominal structures.
If someone does a lot of lifting or strenuous activity, it can be more symptomatic. Can be repaired with an open or laparoscopic technique.

In brief: Depends

As with any hernia, it can get larger, cause pain, lead to incarceration or trapping of bowel or other intraabdominal structures.
If someone does a lot of lifting or strenuous activity, it can be more symptomatic. Can be repaired with an open or laparoscopic technique.
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack
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