FAQ - Hernia, Umbilical
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What is the best kind of surgery for Umbilical Hernia?


Researching the internet on my Umbilical Hernia and after visiting a couple of doctors, I found out there are different kinds of operations you can do. I am looking for the one with minimal scarring, fastest recovery and safest results. Does anyone have experiences which will be helpful? Please give description of the procedure, if you've had this kind of surgery or work in the medical field.

Any alternative healing techniques you can suggest instead of surgery?
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An umbilical hernia is a bulge in the abdominal wall at the navel that sometimes contains abdominal tissue, a loop of intestine, fat, or fluid. There is no non-surgical treatment for this...the wall area must be closed to prevent the intestine, fat, etc, from popping through that weakened area. It will not "grow shut" buy using some "alternative healing techniques".

As to the the type of surgery, this is not up to the patient. The doctor will choose the best procedure and he will choose the one that will provide the fastest and safest results. Doctors want to spare the patient as much discomfort as possible and provide for the fatest recovery so they do pick the best procedure to get the job done. The procedure he chooses will be based on the size of your hernia and position of the hernia.

I cannot give a description of the procedure since I have no idea which one he will decide it best for your circumstances.  (+ info)

Will an umbilical hernia affect the ability to gain a flat stomach?


I am having trouble trying to get a flat stomach. Could this be because of an umbilical hernia I have had since my birth? It has never given me any trouble so it was never corrected by surgery. Should I do certain types of exercises to tone my stomach and are some bad ideas because of the hernia?
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Good evening Prairie Crone...
Hail Good Wiccan Witch !

Have you ever tried wearing what we call in French lingerie:
"une gaine"... A lacy one. It supports the stomach.

It helps you walk straight.

Try Pilates exercises.
The idea was conceived, at first, for bed-ridden patients in order to keep the muscles from
'atrophy'.
Ballet dancers use the technique to strengthen their 'lean bodies'.
It is not about "looking" like a "michelin" tire.  (+ info)

Can a umbilical hernia appear with in a few minutes of heavy lifting?


I was doing some heavy pulling and lifting. I felt some pain in my stomach and felt a sore lump under my skin by my belly button. Could this be a umbilical hernia? Could it appear with in minutes like that? Would I feel a sore lump right away or would it take a few days? Would I feel alot of pain when I was pulling like I did?
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Could be a hernia, but it is impossible tosay without doing a physical exam. See your doctor  (+ info)

How long to recover from umbilical hernia repai?


How long to recover from a umbilical hernia surgery?
The hernia is not very large. I would also like to know how quickly you could return to work and normal activities. How long before I will be able to lift weights. I.e. my 17 Kg son or equipment of similar weight?
Thanks
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my husband has go for one in a couple of weeks doctors gave him 6 to 8 weeks for recovery  (+ info)

What causes pain to last over a year after umbilical (navel) hernia repair?


I had an umbilical hernia repair (with mesh) about a year & a half ago. I still have pain when the site has pressure put on it & now the skin has started to have a burning sensation when my shirt or something brushes across it. Does this mean my mesh is bent or something? What can I do about it?
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Nothing is wrong. Your quite simply healing. It takes about a full year for the tissue surrounding the mesh to start bonding with it. The outer layer of your skin is getting the nerves back, hence the burning sensation. Eventually you will get use to your skin feeling again. I know it can be very irritating, but it will get better with time. If it continues to really bother you then you can go to the Dr. and get a topical solution that will help. Also don't strain yourself too much, you don't want to cause another hernia. Happy healing.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of an para-umbilical hernia?


I am a 27 year old male, I have a severe pain and a brused feeeling in my belly button. could this be a para-umbilical hernia? no signs of redness or bulging but it hurts to cough or strain when lifting stuff.
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LUMBILICAL Hernias and nearby hernias called "Paraumbilical Hernias" develop in and around the area of the umbilicus (belly button or navel). A congenital weakness (meaning present since birth) exists in the naval area in the region where vessels of the foetal and infant umbilical cord exited through the muscle of the abdominal wall. After birth, although the umbilical cord disappears (leaving just the dimpled belly-button scar), the weakness or gap in the muscle may persist. Hernias can occur in this area of weakness at any time from birth through late adulthood, as the weakness progressively bulges and opens, allowing abdominal contents to protrude through. In addition to navel deformity and an associated bulge, the signs and symptoms include pain at or near the navel area. The hernia bulge pushes out upon the skin directly at or around the navel, distorting the normal contour and architecture, creating an 'OUTIE' instead of a normal 'INNIE' navel. Although often appearing at or just after birth, these hernias can also occur at any time during later life. In INFANTS, these hernias most often gradually close by age 3 or 4, and surgery can often be delayed until that time. If however, these pediatric umbilical hernias are causing problems or enlarging, surgery can be recommended earlier. This decision for surgery should only be made after a comprehensive examination by a Pediatrician or skilled Surgeon. In adults however, umbilical hernias cannot "heal" and gradually increase in size, often becoming progressively problematic as they enlarge. Incarceration (The trapping of abdominal contents within the Hernia itself. The bulge cannot be reduced or pushed back. This could mean that intestine from within the abdomen is trapped in the hernia and the risk of injury to abdominal contents and intestine is increased. Surgical release and hernia repair are emergently necessary to avoid injury to the intestine.) or Strangulation may occur on the occasion of large and neglected Umbilical Hernias. Umbilical hernias often occur in adulthood because of progressive and significant tension on the congenital area of weakness beneath the navel. This develops through the normal stresses and strains of daily activity. Standard techniques still widely utilized today attempt to repair these hernias by simply closing the muscle defect with sutures placing the muscle tissue under significant tension. Often in these older method repair techniques, muscle layers are overlapped. Such suturing not only recreates the muscle layer tension that originally created the hernia defect, but too often this process also weakens adjacent tissue layers as well. Moreover, this leads to unnecessary pulling of the tissues at the hernia area. We know that any tension on sutured muscles inhibits normal healing and causes swelling, pain and prolonged recuperation. These older suture-only techniques have been shown to be less effective than Tension Free mesh repairs with a significantly higher recurrent hernia rate later on.
I add a link which carries details about hernias, which you may find of interest –

http://www.virtualpaincentre.
com/diseases.asp?did=217

Hope this helps
Matador 89  (+ info)

Do I need surgery to get my umbilical hernia removed?


I know it sounds gross, but Im sixteen and my doctor told me I have an umbilical hernia and that it should eventually go away. Usually only babies or pregnant women get these, and NO it is not possible that I'm pregnant. Has anyone else had this? What do I do?
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yes...better see a doctor...  (+ info)

What can I do for a slight umbilical hernia?


My baby has a slight umbilical hernia.. The pediatrician says it will go in by the time she is 2. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to help it go down? Also, has anyone else experienced this? Should I worry?

Thanks so much!!
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No dont worry my daughter ( now 11 months) had quite a bad hernia. They said if it didnt go by 18 months she would need an operation. It went months ogo. It slowly goes down. I would let it heal on its own, dont mess with it  (+ info)

Could someone please share their experience with umbilical hernia repair?


I am about to have laparoscopic repair of an umbilical herna. Is it true that normally, you can return to work in a week, and be able to lift things in a couple more weeks? How long does it take to completely recover? To those who have had this surgery, have you ever had your hernia re-occur? Any tips for someone about to undergo this operation? Thanks a bunch.
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I can tell you from both professional and personal experience. My hubbie had the same procedure done just over a year ago, and we do a pretty fair business in them where I work. It's definitely not your grandpa's hernia repair anymore, and you should recover a lot faster than they did before laproscopic repair became the norm. The procedure usually takes only about 30-45 minutes to do, tops. Our patients come in about 6am for an 8am surgery. They spend about 20 minutes in recovery afterwards, waking up and doing the usual post-op question and answer session. Like do you know who you are, where you are, etc. After that you go back to your room, where you will get a light residue lunch as a rule. Once you are back on your feet steady, and can go to the bathroom and prove you can hold down fluids, you get to go home. Most of our patients are out the door and on their way home by about 4pm or so. When you wake up you will find a nice big dressing over your belly button. You won't really be in any pain to speak of, because you will have gotten a nice dose of pain killer at the end of the procedure. You will also go home with a nice supply of it too, ours usually go home with Percocet- enough for about 4-5 days. You will also need somebody to drive you home, obviously. You also won't want to be driving yourself for that first couple of days either. That night you should sleep pretty well, although you will want a nice pillow to tuck under your belly if you sleep on your side. The day after surgery, you'll feel like your own personal balloon and like you were kicked in the belly button by a large elephant. You will also have a nice bruise on the spot as well, most often. You won't want to move a lot, but moving is exactly what you need to do to work off that gas. The sooner it passes, the better you will feel. And there is only one exit possible, which movement helps encourage. Some of our patients have actually gone back to work the second day post-op, although the doctors recommend you take a week off, which is what my husband did. You feel a lot better day 2, though you still move plenty slow and are still pretty sore in the belly region. He found that a weight lifter's belt felt good, something other folks have also found helpful. You will be changing your bandage once per day starting the day after the surgery- and the nurses should show you what to do before you go, as well as provide you with the material to do it. You won't be seeing much as far as stitches go, most of those are inside the new belly button. They do give you a lifting restriction for six weeks post-op, just so you have time to completely heal. Re-occurence of an umbilical hernia is really rare. When they do the repair, the surgeon will put in a special mesh, made of teflon, to reinforce the abdominal wall muscles to prevent that happening again. How big a patch you get depends on the size of the weak area and the condition of the abdominal muscles. Surgeons are generally pretty generous with the mesh as well- figuring it's best to be a bit larger than they think you need just to be safe. The only tips I can think of are to get the weightlifter's belt, and make sure you have help on hand to aid you those first few days. You will find getting up from the bed and a chair to be a challenge, as it will still hurt to do it. Get up on your feet and move, no matter how it feels. The sooner you move and the more you move, the sooner you recover. If you sit in a chair or lie in bed, it will go really slow and you will hurt more, and longer. Get lots of pillows to help support you in bed, usually one below the belly and one between the knees when lying on your side. Otherwise, it's really not a bad repair to have done. And when it's hurting, just remind yourself that some folks actually pay big money to get a new belly button. In fact, the Japanese used to pay to have theirs removed. You get to get rid of your hernia, get a new innie, and a teflon reinforced abdomen. It's not exactly a six pack of steel- but it will sure last longer, and won't rust either! Keep a sense of humor if nothing else.  (+ info)

What are the risks for an infant with an Umbilical Hernia?


My two week old son has what I'm pretty sure is an umbilical hernia. his entire navel pokes out from his abdomen, more so when he cries or strains. He also has a slight bulge that runs up the length of his abdomen. Everything I've read in baby care books, on the internet, and in my own training as an Infant Care Specialist says that it is a condition that requires some supervision, in case intestinal strangulation or some other complication ocurrs. When I called the doctor, however, she said that there arent any risks with umbilical hernias, only with groinal hernias, and that there is no need to have him looked at. He doesnt seem in pain, and I'm not really worried about him, but i was bothered by her seeming lack of concern. Is everything I know wrong? Is an umbilical hernia always completely harmless? If so, why all the warnings from medical sites and care training?
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get a second opinion. i know of many children who needed to have a minor surgery due to umbilical hernia's. follow your instincts.

my son a few years was so sick and i assumed it was the flu because it several people i knew had it. i wasn't even going to take him to the hospital because the dr. said over the phone it was just the flu. when i brought him into the emergency room he had pneumonia. he was hospitalized for 2 days and was severly dehydrated.  (+ info)

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