Umbilical Hernia Repair

Umbilical Hernia Repair

Introduction

An umbilical hernia repair is a fairly quick surgery to correct umbilical hernias, bulges that develop just beneath the belly button when tissue or intestinal sections break through the abdominal wall and spill into the space between the belly button and the abdominal wall. al hernia involves a bulge or pouch that forms in the abdomen. While not all hernias require surgical correction, it is recommended when the hernia leads to strangulation, an issue that occurs when blood supply to the intestines and abdomen is severely restricted or cut off entirely. Symptoms of strangulation include nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and blue bruising around the herniated area.

Umbilical Hernia Repair

Candidates

While many individuals are eligible for an umbilicoplasty, our patients often fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Any person unhappy with the size, shape and appearance of his or her belly button
  • Have noticeable bulging and irregularities of the belly button
  • Possess deformities of the navel that might lead to health risks if left unresolved
  • Have a belly button hernia larger than half an inch that causes pain
  • Have a belly button hernia that is strangulated (blood supply to the intestines and abdomen is severely restricted or cut off entirely)

Umbilical Hernia Repair

Results and Recovery

Umbilicoplasty surgery usually requires 30 minutes to an hour, but this depends upon the extent of correction needed. Immediately following surgery, patients may experience swelling and soreness. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, most patients can return to work soon within one to three days after surgery. However, we do advise patients to limit strenuous activity for at least four to six weeks. Results are expected to be permanent though it might take a few months for the physical appearance to fully reveal itself. Dr. Barrett will provide more specific instructions on how to best care for yourself during the recovery period to achieve optimal results.

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