What is an umbilical hernia?
An umbilical hernia appears as a lump in the navel. It is most common in women, but it can also occur in newborns. If the hernia does not close by 4 years of age, then a surgery may be necessary.
In adults, it usually occurs due to umbilical abnormalities during infancy or a stretching of the skin around the navel. It may be caused either by obesity or childbirth and heavy manual labor.
Symptoms of umbilical hernia
The symptoms of umbilical hernia include:
- abdominal pain
- feeling of heaviness
- discomfort in the stomach
- visible swelling in the region
You should be very careful if the pain is severe and the abdomen is red because the hernia may become strangulated and require emergency surgery.
Treatment of umbilical hernia
Treatment of umbilical hernia includes traditional or laparoscopic surgery, depending on its size, the patient’s overall health and surgical history. General anaesthesia is essential for these surgical procedures, except in some cases when the hernia is extremely small. Hospitalization lasts only one day. It is not a painful surgery and because of the placement of a mesh during surgery, the patient recovers very quickly.
The doctor to treat umbilical hernia is the General Surgeon
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