Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Belly Button Bulge Treatment

Most umbilical hernias in infants resolve without treatment by one year of age. If a child has an umbilical hernia that enlarges after one year of age, or does not disappear by 4 years of age, they may be candidates for hernia repair.

Umbilical hernias are treated with surgery. The surgeon places the intestine back into the abdomen and repairs the weakened area in the abdominal wall.

Treatment for an umbilical hernia includes surgery:

  • Laparoscopic ventral umbilical repair:
    • A flexible scope and special instruments are inserted through small incisions in the abdomen.
    • The instruments are used to repair the abdominal wall.
  • Open ventral umbilical repair:
    • A larger incision is made in the abdomen, through which the abdominal wall is repaired.

Belly Button Bulge Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of umbilical hernia.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for another umbilical hernia?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Belly Button Bulge Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat an umbilical hernia:

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Last Updated: Jun 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Belly Button Bulge References
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