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An umbilical hernia is a type of hernia. Abdominal fat or intestine part proceeds to the abdominal wall that is not covered and caused this medical circumstance. The name umbilical hernia comes from the mother-child connection in the womb by the umbilical cord. From a hole in the child's abdominal muscles, this connection of the umbilical cord is developed to disappear in the first ages. Unless disappeared, uncovered tissue or organs can become seen across the whole of the navel and form an abdominal hernia. Usually, seeing an umbilical hernia in toddlers is not an adequate reason for surgery. On the other hand, it is a bit different in adults. Showing nausea, vomiting, and pain, along with a sag that can be seen in the navel, are characteristic hernia symptoms. 


Why is umbilical hernia surgery performed?

This medical circumstance may become strangulated hernia and consequently show tissue necrosis, gangrene, and other severe problems. For that reason, after a certain age, usually, the recommendation is to get the help of umbilical hernia repair.

The candidates are abdominal hernia owner children that are older than four years old and before this age, if they feel pain and have discolored or inflated hernia. Also usually adults, who have umbilical herniae are candidates for repair.

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The surgery of an umbilical hernia is not for cosmetic practice. For adults with an abdominal hernia, the repair is usually a necessity to have, because there is no expectancy of getting better and therefore it may lead to some problems unless disappear by themselves after 4 years old, children are also likely to search for the operation.

The professionals you consult will give you in-depth information for your and your child's preparations. Using blood-thinning medications like aspirins is usually not advised days before your treatment.

Umbilical hernia repair surgery is carried out for approximately half an hour and is under general anesthesia. An incision is done under the belly button by the professional then, and tissues and organs are moved inside the abdomen. As the cut of the children is closed with stitches, the cut of adults will be closed with mesh to protect it better.

 

Recovery from an umbilical hernia is a fairly fast period. Withdrawal from work and daily activities without meaning to stay merely in bed, are advised for a week after an abdominal hernia operation. After a week, patients can continue their daily activities. The total recovery period of an umbilical hernia operation may take two to six weeks. It depends on the patient and the circumstances.

Likely all surgery operations, umbilical hernia surgery has also some risks. In uncommon situations, an umbilical hernia may relapse or cause intestine damage. Moreover, infections and allergic reactions may be seen in the patients, but these complications are very unusual to see. 

The most known side effects of umbilical hernia surgery are orientation and concentration problems, but they are the result of anesthesia, not the operation itself, and they can diminish in days.

In adult patients, when the mesh is used for the covering, the success rate is predicted as 99%.

A certain change will come with the umbilical hernia repair. Through umbilical hernia surgery, abnormal sags and umbilical hernia pain are disappeared as well as the life-threatening risks of it. As a result, medical reasons are the most common motivation for people to choose this treatment.

What is an Umbilical Hernia? An umbilical hernia is a circumstance in which your abdominal fat or part of the intestines is proceeding outwards and creates a sag through the hole, which during pregnancy allowed the connection between mother and child with the umbilical cord. 

Why Should I Undergo the Umbilical Hernia Repair? 

Deciding on umbilical hernia repair is a medical procedure that is obligatory not a matter of fashion. For that reason, speaking to your professional and working out the problem in no time is important. For children, due to the umbilical hernia of them may diminish by itself, they will not go through this practice before age 4. 

Is Umbilical Hernia Surgery Long and Painful? 

Not at all. It takes only around half an hour and you are operated on under general anesthesia, so there is nothing to worry about.

Is the outie belly button the same as the Umbilical Hernia?

A myth says that outies result from how a newborn's umbilical cord is cut, but it has nothing to do with it. For some, outies may result from one of two medical conditions—an umbilical hernia or granuloma which are mostly harmless.

 

Our medical content team wrote and reviewed this content in January 2023.