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Umbilical Hernia

Information Regarding Umbilical Hernias

People who experience a bulge pushing through their navel likely have what is known as an umbilical hernia. It is a condition that is most often found in infants and young children, but it can occur in adults as well. The surgeons at miVIP offer state-of-the-art, minimally invasive umbilical hernia repair.

It is no longer necessary to live with the discomfort of umbilical hernias. By making an appointment with one of our hernia experts, a person who suffers from this type of hernia can have it fixed quickly and be on his or her feet as soon as possible.

General Statistics

The percentage of newborns that develop umbilical hernias is estimated to be between 10 and 20 percent. Most often, the condition goes away within the first year of life, making it unnecessary to perform umbilical hernia repair. It is a rare condition for adults, but often they are encouraged to have such hernias fixed to prevent adverse side effects.

Common Causes of Umbilical Hernias

The causes of umbilical hernias are different for children and adults. An infant may have a higher risk of developing a hernia when born premature, by having a low birth weight, or when the abdominal muscles have not completely developed. Adults are more likely to suffer from an umbilical hernia when they experience one or more of the following situations:

  • Pregnancy
  • A chronic cough
  • Regular strain on the abdominal muscles
  • Obesity

Symptoms

The major visible symptom of an umbilical hernia is a bulge in or near the belly button. Pain or discomfort may accompany the bulge. In some extreme cases, the hernia can become cut off from blood and become strangulated.

Treatment Options

The surgeons at miVIP are pleased to offer minimally invasive umbilical hernia repair. The surgery employs the smallest incision possible to effectively push the misplaced tissue back where it belongs and repair the abdominal wall. Because the treatment does not damage large portions of healthy tissue, recovery is faster when compared to open surgery procedures.

Umbilical Hernia Repair Recovery

Since modern minimally invasive treatment is so effective for permanently healing umbilical hernias, many doctors would recommend the surgery to improve overall quality of life. The percentage of patients who experience a return of their hernias is minimal. It is important to realize that any surgery comes with certain risks. After undergoing surgery, patients are encouraged to avoid heavy lifting and activities that could place strain on the surgery site.

Call miVIP for an Appointment

If you suspect you may have an umbilical hernia or would like to learn more about the repair process, call miVIP at 877-956-2263.

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