Alternate treatments for umbilical hernia in adults?

Operation. It's either an operation or observation. Different techniques for operation depend on your symptoms, physical exam, size if hernia defect and sac, obesity, previous operations at that location, diastasis recti, medical history, your goals, and surgeon experience. See a general surgeon for a consult to find out more. Good luck!
Watched vs. surgery . If asymptomatic, nothing. Can leave it alone. Especially if small and not changing over the years. If painful, large or increasing in size better to have surgery and fix it before it gets large. Usually an outpatient surgery with a small cut below your umbilicus. .

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My husband is in his 50's, has an umbilical hernia (quite large), has put on several lbs. In the last 2- 3 months. Now bleeding from naval.? Serious

Possibly. the weight gain may have thinned the skin and allowed it to become irritated more easily as well as put more pressure on it from the hernia. Need to see a surgeon now for evaluation and to prevent infection or involvement of the hernia itself. Read more...

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...
Yes. Usually yes. You see a bulge in the area. Or what people call an outie. www.drlugo.com. Read more...
See a doctor. Your primary doctor or a general surgeon will be able to tell if you have an umbilical hernia. If you have a bulge at your belly button that gets larger when you strain your abdominal muscles or lift something heavy, then you likely have an umbilical hernia. If so, see a surgeon about fixing the hernia. Read more...

When should you getan umbilical hernia repaired?

When symptmatic. In children by the age of 2 yrs the defect ( umbilical hernia ) should have closed off spontaneously , if defect is 2 cm or more should have a repair. In adults less than 2 cm usually will not have any symptoms if size increasing, had episode of incarciration should be repaired , . Read more...
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...
Watched vs. surgery . If asymptomatic, nothing. Can leave it alone. Especially if small and not changing over the years. If painful, large or increasing in size better to have surgery and fix it before it gets large. Usually an outpatient surgery with a small cut below your umbilicus. . Read more...