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About Umbilical Hernia

Learn More About Umbilical Hernias from miVIP Professionals

Umbilical hernias are sections of either tissue or intestine that bulge through an opening in the stomach at the navel. It is a common condition and is typically harmless. If left untreated, however, other health complications can develop. While the condition is more prevalent in newborn infants, it has been known to occur in adults.

Umbilical hernia surgery might be recommended for hernias that are especially painful or swollen. The professional surgeons at miVIP Miami are well-experienced with performing minimally invasive procedures through the use of innovative medical technology.

Incidence of Umbilical Hernias

Some of the medical statistics associated with umbilical hernias include:

·       Roughly 10 to 20 percent of babies at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have an umbilical hernia

·       For a majority of infants, surgery is not necessary since the condition usually clears up on its own

·       Umbilical hernias are less common with adults, but usually require surgery

Causes of Umbilical Hernias

With babies, the cause of an umbilical hernia is muscles in the abdominal wall that have yet to fully close. Babies who are born premature or underweight are at greater risk for the condition. There are certain factors that can increase an adult’s chances of having an umbilical hernia, including:

·       Regularly lifting heavy objects

·       Being overweight

·       Constant cough

·       Pregnancy

Generally speaking, anything that places extreme pressure on the stomach can lead to an umbilical hernia.

Common Symptoms of Umbilical Hernias

The protrusion that a hernia causes is one of the most major symptoms. You will want to consult a doctor immediately if you or your baby experiences pain or vomiting. Umbilical hernias can lead to discomfort and swell if they are strangulated hernias. Strangulated hernias can also cause pain and lead to discoloration. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent further health complications.

Treatment Options

With hernias that are particularly painful or large, a minimally invasive hernia repair might be necessary. With this procedure, anesthesia is administered to the patient before a small incision is made. A miVIP surgeon will reposition the bulging tissue before repairing the surrounding muscle or tissue if necessary.

Long-Term Prognosis

Untreated hernias can swell and become strangulated with time. When the hernia repair surgery is done early enough, the long-term prognosis is a positive one. There is very little chance that your hernia will return after your procedure, which comes with little risk and a quick recovery time when completed at a miVIP surgery center.

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