Umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernias can occur in the newborn and usually resolve on their own by the age of three. In adults hernias near the umbilicus are caused by an underlying defect in the abdominal wall.

Signs & Symptoms

Patients usually notice a lump or bulge above, below or at the umbilicus.  Occasionally patients can present with an acutely painful strangulated lump.

Treatment Options

Umbilical hernias can be repaired using either open or laparoscopic techniques.  Following reduction of the hernia the defect in the abdominal wall is either sutured or repaired using prosthetic mesh.




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