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Procedures | Hernia
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Umbilical Hernia

What is an Umbilical Hernia repair?

Umbilical Hernia Repair is a surgical procedure to treat umbilical hernias, which involve protrusions of fatty tissue or part of the intestine through a weakened area near the navel. The repair usually entails repositioning the herniated tissue and reinforcing the abdominal wall, either through open or laparoscopic techniques. It offers relief from hernia-related symptoms and complications, improving patients' quality of life.

What are the advantages of an Umbilical hernia repair?

Advantages of Umbilical Hernia Repair include relieving pain and discomfort associated with the hernia, preventing potential complications like strangulation, and allowing patients to resume normal activities without the protrusion or pain. Additionally, this surgery can often be performed as a minimally invasive procedure, resulting in shorter recovery times and smaller scars compared to traditional open surgeries.

What are the possible risks?

Possible risks associated with umbilical hernia repair include infection, bleeding, scarring, damage to nearby structures, nerve injury, and recurrence of the hernia. Infection and bleeding are common surgical risks but are typically manageable. Scarring is a common outcome, but modern techniques aim to minimise visible scarring. Damage to nearby structures or nerves is rare but can occur. Finally, hernia recurrence may happen, particularly if the repair is not done correctly or if the patient engages in activities that strain the surgical site. It is essential to follow post-operative instructions to minimise these risks.

What happens after?

After umbilical hernia repair, patients should maintain an active but cautious lifestyle, starting with walking and avoiding heavy lifting for four to six weeks. Most can return to work within one to two weeks, with possible modifications for physically demanding jobs, and driving is typically allowed after one to two weeks, based on the surgeon's guidance. Adhering to post-operative care instructions is crucial, and immediate medical attention is essential for any severe or unusual symptoms.

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