Umbilical Hernia


An umbilical hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall just beneath the umbilicus (belly-button). Many children are born with these hernias that close by themselves by the age of 5. Some, however, continue into adulthood. An umbilical hernia can also arise spontaneously in adulthood. They are noticed as a bulge appearing behind the belly button. This can often cause pain and can have intestines or intra-abdominal fat protruding through the hernia defect. The hernia bulge worsens when standing up and usually flattens out when lying down. These hernias can be painful, and intestines can get trapped or “incarcerated” in them leading to an emergent operation. It’s recommended to get these hernias repaired electively to prevent possible future problems. They can be repaired laparoscopically using tiny skin incisions and inserting a mesh, or using an open method if the hernia is very small. Patients go home the same day and return to work in 1-2 days.

If you require a hernia repair, feel free to ask Dr. Mehta about your options.

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