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. To do the surgery, the doctor makes a small cut near the belly button. This cut is called an incision. Then the doctor pushes the hernia back inside the belly. Next he or she uses stitches to fix the weak spot in the belly muscles. Then the doctor closes the belly incision with more stitches. These stitches don't need to be removed. They will dissolve in several weeks. After surgery, your child will have a small scar on his or her 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 of his or her normal activities in 1 or 2 days.
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 or nurse call line 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.
Surgery can be stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care Medicine
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