Umbilical Hernia Repair

What is Umbilical Hernia Repair?

umbHernias are caused by weakened abdominal connective tissue that allows fat and intestines to fall through the open holes in the muscles. This creates a bulge in the skin that varies from minimal to large and can cause damage to your intestines over time and if left untreated. Umbilical hernias are either directly under the belly button or slightly above it, and umbilical hernia repair is a procedure that involves suturing the connective tissue back together, with the possibility of inserting a mesh if needed, inside the body to help strengthen the muscles by placing it over or under the hole in the muscle.

Your Initial Consultation

Before your procedure, we will undergo necessary advising to assure a safe and successful procedure. We will provide feedback for any concern you may have about the procedure. You will need to take several tests, which may include blood tests, x-rays and ultrasounds of the hernia. At this time, you will need to inform us of any medicines, vitamins and other supplements you are currently taking. We will ask you to stop taking aspirin and other specific drugs that can cause a higher risk of excess bleeding during your surgery and recovery period. We will also advise you to prepare your home to allow the best mobility for you and safest environment to allow a proper and quick recovery.

The Surgical Procedure

The steps of the procedure are as follows:

  • Anesthesia will be administered to put you to sleep throughout the entire procedure
  • A small incision is made in the crease under the naval, and the naval is lifted off of the underlying muscle and fat to get access to the hole in the weakened abdominal muscle
  • Using special instruments, we will pull back the hernia into the abdomen from the hole in the muscle
  • A small mesh is then placed under the muscle and secured with sutures to strengthen reinforce it and prevents recurrences in the future
  • The incisions are carefully sewn together and the procedure is finished

Recovery Expectations:

Although recovery times vary from patient to patient, in most cases you may return home in the same day and rest at home for the following week. Patients can resume normal activities within a week such as returning to work, driving and lifting light loads. Within 3 to 4 weeks post procedure, patients may be able to return to more rigorous activities such as heavy lifting and exercise. We highly encourage you to walk around during your recovery and avoid staying immobile for long periods of time.

Schedule your Consultation

If you would like to meet with Dr. Shah to discuss your options, please contact our practice today. Dr. Shah will be happy to answer your questions.

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