What is Umbilical Hernia?

An umbilical hernia occurs when an internal organ bulges or protrudes through the weak muscle around it near the navel. These are more common in infants and small children but can develop in adults also. These may enlarge while laughing, coughing, crying, or while passing stool and shrink when you relax.

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Umbilical Hernia
Risks of umbilical hernia
  • Strangulation
  • Death of tissue
  • Gangrene
Why Painless Treatment
  • Minimal or negligible bleeding
  • No pain throughout the surgery
  • Small cuts or incisions
Don't Delay Modern Treatment
  • Most advanced laparoscopic treatment
  • 45 minutes procedure
  • Low risk of infection
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  • COVID free hospital, doctors and staff
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  • No cost EMI
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  • All insurances covered
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  • Affordable/lowest cost treatment



In the case of infants, the doctor will physically check for any protrusion or bulge near the groin area which becomes apparent. The process of diagnosis is usually the same for any individual regardless of age and gender which includes a physical test. Your doctor will try to press the bulge or look for the bulge. However, if the bulge is not apparent, your doctor may ask you to conduct abdominal ultrasound, CT scan, or other imaging tests that can help with the diagnosis.


There are two types of treatment for umbilical hernia-

Open surgery – Open surgery is a conventional type of surgery where the surgeon can fully view the organs and tissues inside your body. The patient is either under general or local anesthesia while undergoing the surgery. Characteristics of open surgery are –

  • Big incision
  • High blood loss
  • Increased surgery time
  • Longer recovery time
  • Not usually recommended

Laparoscopic surgery – It is a highly advanced method of treatment that involves a laparoscope. The surgeon makes a small incision and inserts the laparoscope through it. The laparoscope is attached with a camera on the other end that provides a clear view of the organs and tissues inside. The surgeon locates the precise region of the hernia and operates on it.

Characteristics of laparoscopic surgery are-

  • Small incision
  • Minimum blood loss
  • Surgery time is less
  • Done under general or local anesthesia
  • Patients recover within 1 week.
  • Chances of recurrence are almost nil

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to undergo umbilical hernia surgery if I am pregnant?

No, it is not necessary to undergo umbilical hernia surgery during pregnancy. If the hernia is incarcerated or strangulated, then an emergency repair is inevitable. But if there are symptoms and no complications, then your doctor can propose to delay the treatment. It all depends on the diagnosis and the severity of the condition.

Will umbilical hernia surgery affect my unborn fetus?

No, umbilical hernia surgery will not affect your unborn fetus if laparoscopic surgery is done during pregnancy. Highly advanced laparoscopic surgery is safe and does not harm the fetus.

What is the cost of treatment for umbilical hernia at Pristyn Care in Kochi?

The cost of treatment for umbilical hernia can vary depending on the diagnosis, type of surgery chosen, age, gender, the severity of the condition, etc. The cost of umbilical hernia treatment at Prityn Care can fall anywhere between ₹65,000 – ₹85,000.

Will I get any insurance for the treatment of umbilical hernia at Pristyn Care?

Yes, Pristyn Care assists with insurance claims for umbilical hernia treatment. We also provide some waver into the non-medical items. Contact our medical coordinator for more information on insurance policies.

What are the payment options for umbilical hernia surgery at Pristyn Care?

Pristyn Care offers cashless facilities with no cost EMI. We also accept multiple payment options which include debit cards and credit cards.

Is the umbilical hernia surgery painful?

No, umbilical hernia surgery is not painful because it is done under general or local anesthesia. However, the patient might feel a mild numbness sensation around the surgical site when the effects of anesthesia wear off.

Is laparoscopic surgery better than open surgery?

Although open and laparoscopic surgeries are safe treatments, the benefits of laparoscopic umbilical hernia surgery are much more than that of open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is better than open surgery for umbilical hernia repair because it offers a high recovery rate. Since blood loss is minimum, the patient can resume a normal routine within a week. Along with that, the surgical process is shorter in the case of laparoscopic surgery for umbilical hernia treatment.

Does an infant need to undergo umbilical hernia repair?

No, an infant does not necessarily need to undergo umbilical hernia surgery. Usually, the umbilical hernia in infants goes away on their own by the age of 1 to 2. Surgery for infants is done if –

  • An umbilical hernia is immensely painful
  • The size of a hernia is greater than 1-2cm in diameter
  • The size of the hernia remains unchanged over the first two years.
  • Umbilical hernias do not disappear by the age of 5.
  • Umbilical hernia becomes trapped or blocked in the intestine.

What are the complications if I do not undergo laparoscopic surgery for an umbilical hernia in time?

Umbilical hernias can get bigger in size and lead to complications. If a patient chooses to ignore the symptoms, the umbilical hernia can lead to incarcerations or strangulations. Either situation is considered an emergency and can cause life-threatening conditions. If your umbilical hernia strangulates, which can cause blood to stop flowing to the tissue leading to tissue death. This event may result in the rupture or death of an organ.

If your umbilical hernia leads to incarceration, that also becomes riskier to operate and complicated to operate than a regular umbilical hernia. If you avoid treatment in time, the duration of surgery increases with the risk of recurrence on the higher side too. You might experience intense pain in the abdomen followed by nausea and a feverish feeling. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any symptoms of an umbilical hernia.

Should I undergo hernia repair and Cesarean Section (C-Section) simultaneously?

If the umbilical hernia occurs mid-way during pregnancy, the doctors will look for any signs of strangulations and incarceration. If there are no complications, and symptoms show no sign of major discomfort, the doctor can delay the repair surgery until your delivery. However, you can undergo hernia repair after the delivery depending on the diagnosis and choice of surgeon.

The chances of recurrence of umbilical hernia after the surgery becomes very minimal if the treatment is done using surgical mesh as compared to conventional sutures. Some patients may choose to undergo hernia repair after childbirth. Combined surgeries do not usually increase the risk of complications, however, there are other concerns such as the age, health of the patient, quality, and durability of the hernia repair.

Advanced umbilical hernia treatment at Pristyn Care in Kochi?

Pristyn Care provides advanced laparoscopic treatment for hernia repair. Although an umbilical hernia is prominent in infants and pregnant women, Pristyn Care offers highly advanced methods of procedure for each case study for highly successful results. Undergoing treatment from Pristyn Care has following benefits –

  • Pristyn Care is associated with some of the top hernia specialists and laparoscopic surgeons of the country with years of experience. They will deliver the best surgical treatment for the umbilical hernia.
  • We are also associated with the top hospitals in Kochi that are equipped with highly advanced facilities and great infrastructure for great patient experience.
  • Pristyn Care strives to make the whole surgical experience for every patient a seamless one.
  • We also provide cab facilities free of cost, i.e. free pick up and drop facility within the city.
  • Free consultations after the treatment during the first seven days after the surgery.


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