Umbilical hernia is a protrusion seen in the belly button (an "outie"). It is probably the most common hernia, seen in men, women and children. Very often it appears after weight gain or pregnancy. After a baby is born the umbilical cord is cut and later the residual portion falls off. In most people the umbilical opening that allows for the umbilical cord to pass through closes spontaneously. In some, that opening doesn't close fully or reopens with weight gain or pregnancy and thus a hernia comes about.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Umbilical hernias present as protrusion in or in the immediate vicinity of the belly button. They can be with or often without pain. The pain can be at the belly button or around it and it may get worse after eating or with lifting or exercising. Umbilical hernias are very easily diagnosed with an examination by a physician but very often they are discovered on radiographic studies performed for other unrelated issues.
Treatment and Recovery
The only definitive treatment for a hernia is surgical repair. Exercise, pressure garments or "waiting it out" does NOT get rid of a hernia. Fortunately, surgery for umbilical hernias is extremely safe and effective. Great majority of surgeries are performed in about half an hour on outpatient basis with a fast recovery period. Many people can return to work in a few days. Some pain and soreness is expected but can be well controlled with oral pain medications.
Techniques for umbilical hernia repair
Umbilical hernia surgery is categorized into two main groups, open surgery and minimally invasive surgery.
- Open surgery is the "traditional" way of repairing hernias through a 3-5 inch incision near the belly button. Usually it causes more pain and a slower recovery.
- Minimally invasive surgery (Laparoscopy, Robotics) is a more modern technique utilizing various small caliber instruments through very small incisions to repair the hernias. In our opinion minimally invasive techniques (Laparoscopy and Robotics) are superior and more advanced techniques as they allow for faster return to work, less pain and less post operative complications.
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