Umbilical Hernia Repair

Umbilical hernia repair, also known as belly button surgery, is designed to address the bulge around the belly button. This procedure can be performed for purely cosmetic reasons or to correct or prevent symptoms related to umbilical hernias.

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Pre and Post Operative Instructions

An umbilical hernia is a bulge that develops around or beneath the belly button. This condition occurs when the abdominal wall layers do not join completely, and the internal tissue or intestinal sections breaks through, creating a lump or pouch in the abdomen. While not all hernias require surgical correction, it is recommended in cases where the condition deteriorates. For instance, if the hernia leads to strangulation, the blood supplied to the intestines and abdomen can become severely restricted or cut off entirely. Symptoms of strangulation include nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and blue bruising around the herniated area. 

This procedure can effectively repair the appearance of and eliminate the pain and other symptoms associated with umbilical hernias. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive exam and discuss your goals to understand if this procedure is correct for you.

Umbilical Hernia Repair & Insurance Coverage

Umbilical hernia repair is typically fully or partially covered by insurance companies. Obtaining coverage may require detailed documentation of symptoms to deem your repair medically necessary. We encourage all potential umbilical hernia repair patients to contact their health insurance companies to fully understand their guidelines for coverage before their initial consultation. 


Before surgery

A patient care concierge will guide you through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During the consultation, your surgeon will learn about your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create a personalized surgical plan. You will then be matched with a surgical coordinator who will walk you through each step of the preoperative process.

Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop medications and supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare, and pet care for recovery
Find a family member or friend to bring you home and assist you after surgery

During surgery

There are two different methods used to perform umbilical hernia repair:

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Open hernia repair:  An incision is made near the belly button to access the hernia over the bugle site.

Laparoscopic hernia repair: A less-invasive method where several small incisions are placed around the site. A long thin tube with a lighted camera (laparoscope) is inserted through these openings, allowing your surgeon to see inside your abdominal cavity. 

Regardless of the technique, the procedure aims to reinsert the bulging intestine back through the abdominal opening, effectively eliminating the lump. Special layered suturing techniques are used to close any incisions, minimizing tension on the incision during the healing process and allowing for minimal scarring. A synthetic mesh material may be inserted to support and strengthen the treated area.

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Surgery Duration
1 hour

After surgery

It is common to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area. Results will become visible after just a few days and continue to improve as post-operative swelling subsides for a permanent result. Your surgeon will provide detailed postoperative instructions and closely monitor your healing and recovery in the weeks and months following surgery. 

Initial Recovery Period
1 week
Final Results
3 months
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