Umbilical hernia symptoms are usually a small lump in, above or below the 'belly button". Sometime you can push the umbilical hernia back in but often not. An umbilical hernia can occur at any age. An umbilical hernia is usually a protrusion of fat (not bowel) and results from a weakness in the abdominal wall muscle sheath.
The umbilical hernia defect (hole) is often very small and so the hernia is not always reducible (able to push back in).
When the defect is larger it may be possible to push the hernia back in when you lie down. An umbilical hernia can occasionally strangulate and need urgent surgery but this is uncommon.
Repairing the umbilical hernia is very straight forward and easily performed under local anaesthetic in about 25 minutes.
Patients can usually drive the next day, return to work within 48 hours and are more comfortable than inguinal hernia surgery patients, often needing little in the way of pain killers.
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