Scarless Umbilical Hernia Repair
NJ Hernia Repair | New Jersey Plastic Surgeons
Do you suffer from umbilical hernias? We can help. Umbilical hernias form when the inner lining of the stomach or intestine pushes through a weakened area of the abdominal wall and creates a pouch or sack near the navel. An umbilical hernia is most common in infants and young children but they can also affect adults. Unlike infants and children, the umbilical hernia will not naturally shrink or close on its own. Surgery is required to repair the hernia to prevent further damage and complications like pain and blood supply strangulation.
Umbilical hernias feel like a small bulge under the skin of the abdomen that can be discolored and can cause pain when performing heavy lifting, coughing, urinating, defecating, or imply sitting or standing for an extended period. Those with very high operative risks caused by conditions like severe heart disease or bleeding problems may be able to have their condition monitored by a physician. However, if the hernia becomes extremely severe or strangulation occurs, surgery will be necessary.
Surgery is the only effective treatment for umbilical hernias in older children and adults. Our hernia repair procedure is safe, effective, quick, and takes place on an outpatient basis at our plastic surgery center. The most common procedure is traditional, also call “tension-free” surgery, which is usually done with local anesthesia. A large, deep incision is made through the abdominal muscle and the distended tissue is pushed back behind the muscle. Once pushed back, the muscle is stitched closed and a plastic mesh is placed over the incision site to provide support. Immediately after the surgery, patients are taken to the recovery area to be monitored by our trained staff for signs of infection, heavy bleeding, excessive pain, or shock. Patients can expect to go home a few hours after the surgery. Full recovery usually takes a month to six weeks.