An umbilical hernia is a weaken area of muscle in the abdominal wall that allows part of the intestine or a pouch of fat to form a bulge on the inside of the bellybutton. These types of hernias are typically harmless, although some complications can occur when a hernia becomes obstructed or ‘trapped’ inside the bellybutton. When this occurs, the trapped tissue may be cut off from blood supply and become infected. Many people with umbilical hernias in Bradenton opt to have them surgically repaired to avoid complications.
Did you know…
the abdominal weakness that causes umbilical hernias is caused by muscles that fail to properly heal and close after birth? While some babies develop umbilical hernias shortly after birth, other people do not develop hernias until much later in life. Some of the risk factors for developing an umbilical hernia include obesity, multiple pregnancies, and fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity.
Umbilical hernias are often painless – especially in children. Adults, however, may experience some discomfort associated with the bulge. An umbilical hernia is typically identified by a soft pouch that becomes visible on the inside of the bellybutton. This pouch may or may not be easily pushed back in. It is important to seek immediate medical attention for any umbilical hernia that becomes painful, tender or inflamed.
A surgeon can repair an umbilical hernia by making a tiny incision near the bellybutton. This procedure can often be performed laparoscopically using tiny instruments and a lighted camera. During the operation, your Bradenton surgeon will gently move the bulging tissues back into place, securing them in place with stitches and in some cases, a strong mesh material. The mesh helps reinforce the repair and strengthen the abdominal wall.
Only your doctor can help you determine if umbilical surgery is right for you. In children, for example, most umbilical hernias do not cause complications, and many will close on their own by age four. For children with painful, large or chronic umbilical hernias, however, surgery may be necessary to avoid future complications. Similarly, a doctor may recommend that an adult with an umbilical hernia undergo surgery to repair it and avoid potential risks – even if the hernia does not cause any existing pain or discomfort.