Umbilical HerniaUmbilical hernias are most commonly seen in infants and are the result of weakness in the abdominal wall in the area of the navel. In both children and adults, these hernias may cause discomfort and may present a less attractive appearance. A qualified hernia specialist can correct these issues and to ensure that they do not cause health problems later on. At Texas Hernia & Surgical Specialists, Dr. Rick Ngo offers the hernia surgery options needed to deal with umbilical hernias in the most effective way.

Possible Symptoms

The most common sign of an umbilical hernia is a visible and soft-to-touch bulge protruding on or near the belly button. It may always be visible or appear when there is pressure in your abdomen.

The symptoms of umbilical hernia in babies and adults are similar, but they may not become visible in newborns or babies until they are crying.

Generally, umbilical hernias are painless in children, but adults tend to experience discomfort, pressure, or dull pain. You will need to visit a hernia specialist if you have a hernia and seek medical attention in case you notice symptoms of incarceration or strangulation.

Causes of Umbilical Hernias

During pregnancy, the umbilical cord passes through a gap in the abdominal muscles of the unborn child. This gap typically closes soon after the baby is born.

However, sometimes the abdominal muscle wall does not close completely. This can allow tissue to slip through the wall and cause a visible bulge at or near the navel.

Other than this, multiple pregnancies, obesity, fluid buildup in the abdomen, and previous abdominal surgeries can also lead to umbilical hernia in adults.

Dr. Ngo will perform a herniorrhaphy, or put more simply, the process of performing hernia repair. This will provide you or your family member with a reliable solution for your umbilical hernia.

Complications of Umbilical Hernias

Left untreated, some umbilical hernias may cause serious issues if a portion of the intestine becomes trapped outside the abdominal wall. This can lead to gastrointestinal disorders and to the death of some of the trapped tissue, resulting in serious complications and infections. The minimally invasive procedures we perform in our office will help to prevent dangerous side effects and to promote better health for you and your family.

Treatment Options

Usually, umbilical hernias go away with time in children. By the time they are 4 or 5 years old, the hernia will probably heal. The provider might push the hernia back in place, but you should never attempt it by yourself. Only a professional should be trusted to treat a hernia.

If the child needs surgery, Dr. Ngo can help. Adults typically require surgery to push back the hernia, but the child will possibly require surgical treatment in case the hernia is strangulated, incarcerated, larger than 2 cm, still present by the time they turn 4 or 5 years old, or painful.

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Dr. Rick Ngo and the team at Texas Hernia & Surgical Specialists will provide you with advanced hernia repair solutions for your needs. Call us today at (888)365-1544 to schedule an initial appointment. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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