The Best Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery Is In Bergen County, New Jersey

An umbilical hernia occurs when a part of the inner lining of the belly or intestine pushes through a weakened area of the abdominal wall forming a pouch or sac near the navel. Most common in infants and young children, umbilical hernias can also affect adults. Although umbilical hernias may naturally shrink and close in infants and very young children, children over four years old and adults require surgery to repair the hernia and prevent further damage and complications from occurring. If left untreated, the intestine can become incarcerated in the hernia, causing a strangulation of the blood supply, and making it impossible to push back in.

A hernia may be felt as a small bulge under the skin of the abdomen. A person with a hernia may feel pain when performing heavy lifting, coughing, urinating, making bowel movements, or sitting or standing for a long time. The pain may be dull and increase throughout the day or it may be a sharp pain and immediate pain in the abdomen. If the pain is severe and continuous and the bulge is red and tender, the hernia may be incarcerated or strangulated, and you should contact a physician or plastic surgeon immediately.

Surgery is the only effective treatment for umbilical hernia repair in older children and adults. It will not go away on its own; it will only get bigger and the condition worse. It may be watched by a physician in patients with very high operative risks, such as severe heart disease, lung disease, or bleeding problems, but even in these cases, if the hernia becomes extremely severe or strangulation occurs, surgery will be necessary.

The most common umbilical hernia repair procedure is traditional (open or "tension-free") surgery. Usually done with local anesthesia, a large, deep incision is made through the muscle. The tissue is pushed back behind the muscle, which is then stitched closed, and plastic mesh is placed over the formerly opened site for support. Full recovery takes a month to six weeks.

Surgery to repair an umbilical hernia is usually performed on an outpatient basis in our Bergen County ambulatory surgery center, and patients can expect to go home a few hours after the surgery. Immediately following the surgery, patients are taken to the recovery area where they are carefully monitored by our staff for signs of infection, heavy bleeding, excessive pain, or shock. Our staff will instruct the patient on care of the incision and dressing. Adult patients should arrange to have someone drive them home when they are released.

For more information or to schedule a hernioplasty, please contact our plastic surgery center in Fort Lee today.

*Disclaimer: Surgical results are not guaranteed and vary greatly from patient to patient.