Belly Button Bulge Overview
Another name for Belly Button Bulge is Umbilical Hernia.
What is an umbilical hernia?
A person with an umbilical hernia has a piece of intestine that protrudes through an abnormal opening in the abdominal wall, near the umbilicus. In order for an umbilical hernia to form, there must be a hole, tear or weakened area in the abdominal wall. This abnormal weakness allows the intestine to protrude through the hole or tear, and the intestine forms a bulge underneath the skin. Causes of umbilical hernia include brith defects, abdominal injuries, and abdominal surgery. About 10 percent of infants have umbilical hernias, which usually resolve within 2 years without treatment.
What are the symptoms of an umbilical hernia?
Symptoms of an umbilical hernia include a knot or bulge near the umbilicus. The size of the bulge may increase during lifting, laughing, straining, or coughing. Usually, the bulge can be pushed back into the abdomen. Symptoms of a serious umbilical hernia may include hernia pain or swelling, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, vomiting, constipation, or fever.
How does the doctor treat an umbilical hernia?
An umbilical hernia in an infant usually resolves without treatment. In adults, an umbilical hernia is treated with surgery, which may be performed with a laparoscope, or through an incision in the abdomen.
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