umbilical hernia

Umbilical Hernia

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.