Paraumbilical hernia is also known as a herniated belly button a protrusion of the abdomen contents through the muscles surrounding the belly button. Umbilical herniae are usually seen in newborn babies and younger children. This condition is usually harmless and call for no treatment and normally disappear as the child gets older. Adults generally it occurs more commonly above the belly-button when the abdominal wall is stretched because of obesity, pregnancy and other uncommon conditions. Patients with this condition, the muscles of the abdominal wall are weak or separated, allowing the abdominal lining to push through. In a mild paraumbilical hernia, the protrusion may include only some fluid and tissue. Larger hernias can include sections of the intestine, raising the risk of strangulation, where the tissue becomes twisted, cutting off the supply of blood, and it dies.
What should be done?
Paraumbilical hernia in adults are often surgically repaired if discomfort is present . As they have a tendency to become bigger unnoticeably over time, surgery is always recommended for all adult with this condition. Surgery consists of a small cut under or above the navel while the majority of hernia requiring a few stitches . In most cases if the hernia is large a mesh is inserted to help reduce the risk of recurrence and strengthen the repair. Surgery can be performed under a local or general anaesthesia and does not normally require overnight stay.
Adults vs Children
Paraumbilical hernias have different affects in children then adults. Paraumbilical hernias that develop within the first couple months of baby’s usually heal by the age of 1. Larger hernias that occur at the age of one heal by the age of four in most cases. Unlike children adults that have hernias have to be surgically removed. Adults may experience some discomfort with these type of hernias while children will not. Like many other hernias, a paraumbilical hernia can trigger serious problems fairly quickly. Straining while doing activities can cause a rupture contributing to the process of a bowel infection. With a treatment patients can recover but they can face lifestyle changes if this type of condition is left alone.. In patients who are not treated at the time of diagnosis, it is important to receive care if the hernia’s characteristics appear to be growing, as this can be a sign of developing health risks.
How long will your recovery take?
Recovery is very quick, with most patients able to leave same day. Patients are encouraged to start mobilizing immediately after surgery and not lift heavy objects for at least three weeks and heavy duty activity for at least a month. Full regular activities is expected within 1 week after surgery.