Umbilical hernias (Also known as Belly Button Hernias) are common in newborns and infants younger than 6 months. They occur when part of the intestines bulge through the abdominal wall next to the belly button. In babies with umbilical hernias, parents may see bulging around the belly button area when the baby cries. Unlike other types of hernias, umbilical hernias may heal on their own, usually by the time a baby is 1 year old. If not, surgery can repair the hernia.Adult Umbilical Hernia:
Adults can also suffer from umbilical hernia which represents a weakness around the belly button area. Those hernias can be cosmetically bothering to the patients as well as functionally. As long as the hernias are not incarcerated they can be pushed back at any time. Naturally as time goes by those openings can become larger and the advice that should be given to a patient who has an umbilical hernia is for that patient to have it surgically repaired.
When adult umbilical hernias go untreated for a longtime there is a possibility that the overlying skin becomes damaged. This could present a challenging problem because the skin can become infected and very thin. Because of that an early repair is advised.
The operation is typically done on an outpatient basis. Most of the cases can be done under light anesthesia or sedation. There can be times, because of obesity and the size of the hernia, that general anesthesia will have to be used. The repair usually is carried out with the implantation of a plastic mesh that will make the repair much easier. In this case the prolene hernia system has a cylindrical central portion that serves as the main component of the repair. This type of cylinder prevents any tension on the repair and it acts like a natural plug.
Another method of repairing umbilical and epigastric hernias is to do the repair laparoscopically. In this type of repair, general anesthesia is used and a new version of a mesh is inserted into the abdominal cavity covering the defect/hole from within. The mesh itself is held in place using absorbable staples. The benefits of this new method are.
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