An umbilical hernia is similar to an epigastric hernia and occurs in the middle of the navel, with the inside of the navel sticking out.
Causes of Umbilical Hernia
In babies, an Umbilical Hernia is caused when the umbilical cord passes through an opening in the baby’s abdomen. In some cases, this opening should close shortly after birth but sometimes the muscles do not seal completely. This leaves a weak spot in the surrounding abdominal wall and the hernia can develop when the-the fatty tissue/part of the bowel pokes through.
In adults, Umbilical Hernia is caused by being overweight or obese, straining while moving or lifting heavy objects, having a persistent heavy cough or having a multiple pregnancy.
Symptoms of Umbilical Hernia
A bulge or lump will appear beneath the skin. It can vary in size, depending on how big the hole becomes and how much pushes out. As with all suspected hernias, you should have it repaired as soon as possible.
Treatment for Umbilical Hernia
In children, the weak spot in the abdominal wall is closed with stitches (in most cases). If the hernia is large or in adults, a special mesh is used to strengthen the area. To ensure you receive the best possible treatment we recommend contacting us for an assessment with one of our expert consultants.
Umbilical Hernia Surgery Timeline
At London Hernia we offer rapid access/turnaround from consultation to surgery. With a wealth of talented surgeons and available theatre slots we can work around your schedule and ensure you’re back to health as soon as possible. For the next available surgery slot we recommend contacting our specialist team.
Many hernias do not hurt so the temptation is to leave them and get on with life. But failing to get medical advice can be damaging and is not recommended. If left the hernia will grow and discomfort and pain, even if negligible to start with will intensify.