Do You Need Umbilical Hernia Repair?
The first step is knowing you have it. While it is an easy self-diagnosis, there are methods doctors use to determine what type of hernia you have and to reduce the severity of the condition. Usually, diagnostics are done through:
- Blood Test
- CT Scan (in extreme cases)
Common in children, umbilical hernia’s aren’t usually painful and tend to go away on their own, so parents don’t use surgery. An experienced doctor can tell if a child’s pain or discomfort is stemming from a hernia. There is also a possibility that this hernia can become an obstruction for blood to certain parts of the body. Surgery for children is often saught when the hernia is still present following the age of 5.
Speak to your physician regarding the complications of your hernia as well as the length of time that you’ve had it and if it is painful. It is often recommended that adults with an umbilical hernia are often recommended to pursue surgery by their physicians. Once you’ve hit adulthood, the hernia will not heal on its own. A doctor will not recommend surgery if your hernia isn’t:
- Painful or causing discomfort
- Obstructing blood flow
- Inconveniently large in size
Still, many people don’t have these underlying issues and still prefer to have the surgery for cosmetic reasons. It is an option. If you do not feel comfortable with the surgery and the umbilical hernia is either small or can be pushed back into the stomach without discomfort, then you can delay the surgery. Certain people are more susceptible to getting an umbilical hernia because of;
- Young age – infants and children are more likely to have this type of hernia
- Overweight – excessive fat increases the likelihood of an umbilical hernia occurring because the abdominal walls are weaker.
- Straining – whether you’re sneezing, coughing or having a bowel movement, too much force applied to the abdomen and cause the tissue to push through