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Umbilical hernia repair is surgery to fix an umbilical hernia. This type of hernia is a bulge under the skin near the belly button (navel). It can happen when the intestines or other tissues push through a weak spot in the belly muscles.
Your child will be asleep during the surgery. The doctor makes a small cut near the belly button. Then the doctor pushes the hernia back inside the belly and fixes the weak spot in the belly muscles. The cut is closed with stitches or glue. After surgery, your child will have a small scar on the belly. It will fade with time.
Most children go home the same day as their surgery. Your child will probably be able to go back to school or most normal activities, like walking or playing with toys, in 1 or 2 days.
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner MD - Pediatric Surgery
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