Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
An umbilical hernia will appear to be a painless lump located near the navel. The size of the hernia may fluctuate; it may appear smaller when you are lying down or may get bigger when you are laughing, crying or coughing.
An umbilical hernia can be caused by numerous factors, including being overweight, straining while moving heavy objects, having a pregnancy with multiple births or having a persistent, heavy cough.
In children, the umbilical hernia may fix itself. However, for adults, the hernia may get worse over time. An umbilical hernia can cause other complications, such as obstruction or strangulation of the bowel. As a result, surgery is recommended to fix an umbilical hernia.
You will be a suitable candidate if you have an umbilical hernia which you are wanting to repair. The hernia may not be causing you any physical pain, however, to avoid any future complications occurring, surgery is recommended to fix the hernia.
Centre for Surgery only offers this procedure to people who are over 18 years old.
The procedure will be performed as a day case, so you will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
The surgery will take around 30 minutes to complete.
The surgeon will make a small incision at the base of the belly button. This allows the surgeon to push the lump back into the tummy. The gap in the abdominal wall where the hernia poked through will then have mesh applied to it to help strengthen it and prevent a recurrence.
Following the procedure, you will experience some pain and discomfort throughout the recovery period. You may wish to take some pain medication to help alleviate symptoms.
A pressure dressing may be applied over the incision site, which will be removed after four to five days.
You will have to avoid strenuous physical exercise for at least one month.
An umbilical hernia is when fatty tissue or part of the bowel pokes through the abdominal wall near the navel, creating a lump.
This frequently occurs in infants and children, but can also occur in adults.
For infants and children, the hernia may go away on its own. However, for adults, the hernia will not go away on its own and may get worse over time. The hernia may also result in further complications, such as obstruction and strangulation of the bowel. As a result of this, surgery is recommended for adults who have an umbilical hernia.
While this is a common occurrence for children, Centre for Surgery only offers this procedure to people who are 18 years and older.
If you have an umbilical hernia, it is recommended that you have surgery to fix it to avoid any more complications.
Umbilical hernia repair involves the surgeon making a small incision below the belly button. This allows the surgeon to push the hernia back into place. Mesh will then be placed over the abdominal wall in order to strengthen the wall and ensure the hernia does not occur again.
You should avoid all strenuous physical exercise for at least one month.