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An umbilical hernia repair is surgery to fix a hernia. A hernia is a bulge under the skin in your belly. An umbilical hernia is near the belly button (navel). It's a weak spot in your belly muscles that allows tissues or a piece of your intestines to poke through your muscles. It can cause pain. You may notice the pain most when you lift something heavy.
To fix the hernia, the doctor will do one of two kinds of surgery. In open surgery, the doctor makes one cut (incision) near the hernia. In laparoscopic surgery, the doctor makes several small cuts and uses a thin, lighted scope and small tools. Then the doctor pushes the bulge back in place, if needed. Often the doctor patches the weak spot with a piece of mesh material.
Open surgery leaves a single scar. Laparoscopic surgery leaves several smaller scars. The scars fade with time.
You will probably need to take 2 to 3 days off from work. But if your job requires heavy lifting or other physical work, you may need to take 4 to 6 weeks off.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH - Internal Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
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