This type of hernia occurs around the belly button, where a part of the intestine or abdominal tissue pushes through the abdominal wall near the navel.
Umbilical Hernia and its causes
An umbilical hernia is a type of hernia that occurs near the belly button (navel or umbilicus).
Causes of Umbilical Hernia
- Congenital Weakness.
- Increased Intra-Abdominal Pressure.
- Heavy Lifting.
Surgery for Umbilical Hernia
Surgery is the most common and effective treatment for umbilical hernia. It involves repairing the weakened abdominal wall and closing the opening through which the hernia protrudes. The surgical procedure for umbilical hernia repair is generally safe and straightforward, and it is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient can go home on the same day.
- Preparation: Medical Evaluation of patient.
- Anesthesia: General anesthesia or Local anesthesia.
- Incision: The surgeon makes a small incision near the hernia site. In some cases, laparoscopic surgery may be used, which involves several small incisions and the use of a tiny camera and specialized instruments for the repair.
- Hernia Reduction: The protruding tissue or intestine is carefully pushed back into the abdominal cavity.
- Hernia Repair: The surgeon strengthens the abdominal wall by either stitching the muscles together or using a surgical mesh to reinforce the area and prevent future hernias.
- Closure: The incisions are closed with sutures or surgical glue.
- Recovery: After the procedure, the patient is monitored in a recovery area to ensure they wake up comfortably from anesthesia and experience no immediate complications.