What is Umbilical hernia ?

An umbilical hernia looks like a bump near your belly button. It happens because a part of your intestine bulges out through an opening in your abdominal muscles near your belly button (also called umbilicus). At ALSA Pakistan, we perform umbilical hernia surgery to treat it

Umbilical hernia surgery in infants and children 

Umbilical hernias are very common in newborns and young children. The classic sign of umbilical hernia in infants is the belly button protrudes out when the baby cries, coughs, or strains. Umbilical hernia in newborns usually closes on its own within the first two to three years of life. When it remains open long after three years of age, our child surgeon Dr. Muhammad Mohsin performs umbilical hernia surgery.

Umbilical hernia in newborn occurs because the abdominal muscles do not close completely during the development of the baby during pregnancy. Because of it, a little opening remains in between the abdominal muscles, and an umbilical hernia can emerge at birth or later in life. An umbilical hernia is more common in babies with low birth rates and premature births.

Umbilical hernia surgery in adults

Umbilical hernias in adults can be painful, and they do not go away on their own. At ALSA Pakistan, Dr. Tahir Yunus performs umbilical hernia surgery to repair the hernia. In adults, umbilical hernia occurs due to too much pressure in the abdomen, which can be due to:

  • Obesity
  • Fluid in abdomen
  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Long-term dialysis to treat kidney failure

Umbilical hernia treatment

Umbilical hernia surgery can be performed in two different ways;

Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery

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It is a more advanced and less invasive procedure. During this procedure, we make several small cuts around the hernia site.

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Then in one of the cuts, we insert a long thin tube with a camera on its end (called a laparoscope).

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Then we gently push the intestine and other tissues back into the abdominal wall and close the opening between the abdominal muscles.

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In some cases, we insert a synthetic mesh material to strengthen the area.

Open hernia repair surgery

This is the conventional method, and we use it in case of complications such as strangulation of hernia. During this method, we make a single cut near your belly button and place the protruding intestine back into the belly.

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Significance of getting umbilical hernia surgery

Umbilical hernia surgery has very high success rates. Usually, an umbilical hernia is harmless and does not cause pain or discomfort. However, an incarcerated hernia is serious. An incarcerated hernia is when the intestine gets trapped in muscles, and then it can become deprived of oxygen. Immediate medical care is required when the umbilical hernia is causing pain, vomiting, tenderness, swelling, or discoloration at the site of the hernia. Large hernias do not heal on their own and need umbilical hernia surgery.