Umbilical Hernia Repair



Hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue also known as fascia. Most hernias are not life threatening but they would require surgery to remove it as it doesn’t diminished on its own. When left untreated, the hernia might cause potential complications.

Hernia happens mostly on the mid body area, and the most common types of hernia are, inguinal (inner growth), incisional (complications from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button) and hiatal (upper stomach).

About the procedure

Umbilical hernia repair is a surgery to remove the umbilical hernia. The umbilical hernia is a bulge or sac (pouch) that is formed in the abdomen. This hernia is formed from the inner lining of the abdominal cavity that pushes through a hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button.

Umbilical hernia is more commonly found in adults, especially with obesity and in women after pregnancy. Over time, they increase in size. Surgery to remove it is needed as there is a risk of some fats and the part of the intestine gets stuck in the hernia. When that happens, the task of pushing it back in impossible and painful.

The procedure involves making an incision to gain access to the hernia. The incisions will either be under the belly button or smaller incisions around the hernia. Afterwards, the bulging intestines and abdominal lining is pushed back through the hole in the abdominal wall. Then the hole is stitched back together neatly.

Does the procedure involve pain?
The procedure is done under general anesthesia. No pain will be felt during, but like any surgery, discomfort, bruising and swelling might occur after the procedure. This will last a few days to weeks but medications will be provided to control it.

What to expect of the procedure.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The plastic surgeon or medical staff will give proper instructions on keeping the stitches dry and how to apply any medication.