Here are answers to some of your questions about umbilical hernia.
What is an umbilical hernia?
An umbilical hernia is a type of ventral hernia, but the hole in the muscle is located at the navel and presents as a bulge at the navel. Patients, who have an “innie” bellybutton that becomes an “outie” over time, have probably developed an umbilical hernia. In a similar process, pregnant women often develop a temporary protrusion at the navel, which in most cases returns to normal after delivery.
If not treated, what can happen?
Surgery for this type of hernia is typically considered a cosmetic procedure since there is no risk of complications like intestinal obstruction.
How will the physician know if I have an umbilical hernia?
Specific imaging tests are usually not required to make the diagnosis, and are rarely necessary prior to treatment.
How can this hernia be treated?
Outside of those that occur during pregnancy, umbilical hernias are repaired surgically, typically using a standard open repair with or without mesh.
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