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What is Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery?

Umbilical hernia repair surgery is the procedure that involves fixing umbilical hernias by pushing the herniated organ back to its original position and closing the perforation around the navel. This type of hernia can be very problematic for the patient, especially in children. 

In adults, the surgery can be performed electively depending on the symptoms. But in children, the surgery is delayed until the child reaches the age of 4-5 years.

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      Pristyn Care understands that whether an umbilical hernia is present in a child or an adult, it can be very painful. Thus, we provide advanced treatment for umbilical hernia using the laparoscopic technique. This modern approach is beneficial for the patient in all aspects. We perform the surgery at our partnered hospitals that have state-of-the-art facilities and USFDA-approved diagnostic and surgical tools. 

      We have an in-house team of general and laparoscopic surgeons who have more than 10 years of experience. They are well-trained and skilled in performing all types of hernia repair surgery. You can rely on our umbilical hernia experts to get proper treatment. To consult them, you can book a free consultation with us. 

      What happens in Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery?

      What happens in Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery?

      Diagnosis 

      An expert doctor can identify an umbilical hernia through a physical examination. He/she will ask you to cough while sitting, standing, and lying down to check the bulge. 

      The doctor will also ask for your medical history to narrow down the exact cause of the umbilical hernia. 

      The following tests will be recommended to identify the severity of the umbilical hernia and to determine the most appropriate path to perform the surgery. 

      • Abdominal ultrasound is performed for a complete assessment of the condition and its severity. 
      • CT scan is performed to create a clear image of the internal organs and to distinguish the bulging tissues and abdominal tissues. 
      • MRI scan is used to narrow down the safest path for surgical repair. 

      Based on the results of these imaging tests, the doctor will determine which technique is safer and more effective for umbilical hernia treatment. 

      Procedure 

      Once everything is ready, you will be taken to the operation theater (OT) and anesthesia will be given to numb the surgical site. The type of anesthesia is chosen based on the technique decided for umbilical hernia repair, either open or laparoscopic. General anesthesia is used when laparoscopic hernia repair is being performed, and local/regional anesthesia is used for open repair. 

      As soon as the anesthesia takes effect, the following steps are carried out- 

      • Incisions are made around the abdomen to access the internal organs. In open repair, there will be a large size incision. But in laparoscopic repair, small keyhole-sized incisions are made to insert the surgical tools.
      • The herniated tissues or bulge portions are pushed back to the original location, and the hole is closed with or without the help of mesh. Either the sides of the hole are stitched together, or mesh is placed over the tissues for support. 
      • After the muscle repair is done, the incisions are closed with the help of stitches, surgical glue, or staples. 

      Shortly, you will be transferred to the observation room until the anesthesia wears off, and then you’ll be moved back to the ward. 

      Risks & Complications

      Risks & Complications

      All hernia surgeries have somewhat similar complications during the procedure. It includes-

      • Reaction to anesthesia
      • Damage to the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles
      • Bleeding
      • Infection

      In addition, there are also some risks of getting post-surgery complications until the recovery is complete. The potential complications are-

      • Mesh infection
      • Pain in the wound or stitches
      • Fluid accumulation or seroma
      • Blood accumulation or hematoma
      • Wound infection
      • Urinary retention
      • Recurrence

      To even reduce the chances of these complications, the doctor will create a detailed plan that will contain detailed instructions for a faster and smoother recovery.

      How to prepare for the surgery?

      How to prepare for the surgery?

      To prepare for umbilical hernia surgery, follow the steps below- 

      • Avoid eating or drinking anything at least 6-8 hours before the surgery. 
      • Provide a list of medicine to the doctor so that he/she can make the necessary adjustments to prepare the body for surgery. 
      • The anesthetist will ask a series of questions to analyze which anesthesia will be appropriate to use during the procedure. 
      • The doctor will ask to stop taking aspirin, blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medicines, etc., for at least a week before the surgery as they increase the potential risk of bleeding. 
      • Get a full-body checkup to eliminate the risk of any underlying condition that can compromise the outcome or success rate of the surgical repair. 
      • Take a shower and wear loose and comfortable clothes before being admitted to the hospital. 
      • Ask a friend or family member to stay with you. 

      What to expect after the surgery?

      What to expect after the surgery?

      Immediately after the surgery, you will feel slightly disoriented. There will be numbness in the surgical site, and IV fluids & pain medications will be given to you. 

      When hernia surgery is done electively without complications, the patient is generally discharged on the same day. However, if there are complications associated with the treatment, the doctor may suggest at least one day of hospitalization. 

      Before you are discharged, the doctor will also create a recovery plan, including diet, physical restrictions, etc. 

      Benefits of Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery

      Benefits of Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery

      Pristyn Care uses the laparoscopic technique for umbilical hernia repair as it is beneficial in the following aspects- 

      • The procedure involves very small incisions, i.e., keyhole-sized incisions, making the surgery minimally invasive. 
      • As limited skin tissue is cut, the scarring after the surgery is also minimal. 
      • The chances of bleeding and infection are also less than in open surgery. 
      • Laparoscopic hernia repair doesn’t require prolonged hospitalization. Thus, the patient gets discharged on the same day. 
      • The recovery is quick, and there are minimal chances of post-surgery complications. 
      • The patient can resume normal activities sooner as there won’t be a large external wound that would interfere with the regular tasks. 

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Is it possible to treat an umbilical hernia without surgery?

      Generally, an umbilical hernia can’t be treated without surgery in adults. However, in children, the condition may disappear on its own by the time the child is 4-5 years old. If the condition doesn’t resolve on its own, surgery is performed to repair the hernia. 

      Will I be asleep during umbilical hernia repair?

      You will most probably receive general anesthesia, hence, you will be asleep during the procedure. But if the hernia is small, spinal, epidural, or local anesthesia may be used during the procedure. If so, you will be awake during the procedure but won’t feel any pain. 

      Can I get hernia treatment during pregnancy?

      Yes, if the hernia is causing discomfort and pain, it can be repaired during pregnancy through the surgical procedure with minimal risks. But if the hernia is not causing any problem, the doctors may recommend waiting for the treatment until childbirth. 

      When can I walk after umbilical hernia surgery?

      You can walk on the same day you had umbilical hernia surgery. There are no physical restrictions after the procedure. It means you can start walking as soon as you feel comfortable. 

      What can I do if I get an infection from the hernia mesh?

      If you develop a complication related to hernia mesh, the doctor will recommend hernia mesh removal. It is done through another surgical procedure. 

      Can I undergo hernia mesh removal surgery at Pristyn Care?

      Yes, you can undergo hernia mesh removal surgery at Pristyn Care. Our doctors will remove the mesh safely and reconstruct the wall to ensure that the internal organs don’t protrude through the abdominal wall again. 

      Techniques Used for Umbilical Hernia Repair

      The different techniques used for umbilical hernia repair are mentioned below-

      Open Surgery

      This is the conventional approach to repair an umbilical hernia. A large incision is made in this technique through which internal organs are accessed. The herniated organ is pushed back, and the opening in the muscle wall is closed properly with stitches or using hernia mesh.

      Laparoscopic Surgery

      This is a minimally invasive technique for hernia repair. It involves using a laparoscopic that has a camera attached to one end. The laparoscope provides a clear view of the internal organs. The herniated organ from the belly button is pushed back inside, and a mesh is inserted through the incision and placed below the perforation in the muscle wall. Though the procedure involves making multiple incisions, all of them are keyhole-sized and can be closed with surgical tape.

      Robotic Surgery

      Similar to laparoscopic surgery, this is also performed with the help of a laparoscope. The only difference is that the surgical equipment is handled by the doctor with the help of a console. It is used for smaller hernias (common in children).

      Other Options for Umbilical Hernia Management

      There are no other treatment options for an umbilical hernia. The only alternative to surgery is watchful waiting. And this method is only recommended when the condition is not symptomatic.

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        Rahul Jagtap 6 months ago

        “I had a very good experience with Dr. Milind Joshi Sir. I was not very sure about my problem but rather a bit concerned if surgery is the best way to get it treated but dr. Joshi cleared all my doubts. He is very knowledgeable and possesses great communication skills. You instantly feel his honesty towards his profession. I am completely free from umbilical hernia only after one to two weeks. All thanks to Dr. Milind Joshi Sir and Pristyn Care.”

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