What Is an Umbilical Hernia?
Umbilical hernias are common and typically harmless, usually seen in children. This type of hernia occurs when part of the intestines pushes through a weakness in the abdominal wall muscles, in the place of your navel or belly button.
Umbilical Hernia Symptoms
Umbilical hernia creates a small bulge near the navel. Usually, this condition is painless during childhood, but when it appears in adults, it might cause abdominal pain or discomfort during certain activities such as coughing or lifting heavy objects.
Causes of Umbilical Hernia
Umbilical hernias are caused by an abdominal wall defect after gestation. This defect occurs after the normal opening in the abdominal muscles, that allows the umbilical cord to pass, remains open. This leads to an increase in the abdominal pressure that contributes to the formation of the hernial bulge. Other factors that may increase the chances of developing a Umbilical hernia include:
- Multiple pregnancies
- Previous abdominal surgery
Umbilical Hernia Treatment
Usually, children’s umbilical hernias close on their own in the first years of life and require no additional treatment. However, hernias that remain open after the fifth year or during adulthood are more likely to need surgery in order to reduce the symptoms and avoid possible complications.
Laparoscopic Umbilical Hernia Surgery provides a number of benefits. It’s a less invasive technique that results in shorter recovery times.
During Surgery – Laparoscopic technique
After the anesthetic has been properly applied, your doctor will make 3-4 small incisions in your abdomen (close to the navel), and push back the hernial sac into place. Then, your abdominal wall defect will be repaired and, in some cases, the doctor will insert a synthetic mesh to cover the weak spot. After that, your skin will be closed back again using some stitches. The operation usually takes about 45 minutes.
According to your recovery and progression, you might be able to go home the same day. At home, feeling some discomfort and swelling in the wound will be normal for a couple of weeks. Returning to work maybe be possible after 2 weeks, but heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 5-6 weeks.