An umbilical hernia is a result of weakness in the muscles in and around your belly button. It causes the belly button to pop outwards and can happen at any age.
1. There may be a soft bulge/swelling near the umbilicus. The bulge is more noticeable while standing, coughing and straining.
2. Umbilical hernias are most common in women during and after pregnancy and in people who are overweight.
3. An Umbilical hernia can become a serious problem if left untreated in adults. The risk increases with the size of a hernia.
4. Surgery is typically recommended to avoid possible complications. Traditionally it is open surgery with a single cut (5-10cms long) made just below your belly button and the bulge is pushed back into place. The defect is repaired and reinforced with mesh.
5. Umbilical Hernia can be repaired via laparoscopic surgery with less pain, early postoperative recovery, decreased wound infection rates and better recovery.