Umbilical hernia: causes, symptoms and treatment

Umbilical hernia - what is it?

Umbilical hernia surgery

An umbilical hernia is an abnormal protrusion in the anterior wall of the abdominal cavity. In the pathological case, the hole is formed by an umbilical ring made of interlacing tendon fibers. This is one of the most vulnerable areas of the abdominal wall; when it increases or stretches the tissues, internal organs can protrude through the umbilical opening.

At the New Life clinic in Kyiv, the treatment of umbilical hernias is carried out using all known modern methods that ensure high efficiency and safety for our patients.

But the main difference between us and other clinics is the unique patented technique of submerged sutures (Invention Patent of Ukraine No. 49856 dated 15.10.2002), which allows not only to restore the normal position of the organs and strengthen the hernial gate, to guarantee the absence of risks of recurrence of the hernia, but also to practically completely eliminate any traces of the operation on the body.

Umbilical hernia: causes of the disease

  • Weakness of muscles and tissues: Weakness in the area of the umbilical ring, due to heredity, natural aging or factors contributing to the loss of muscle tone.
  • Increased internal pressure: For example, during traction, excessive straining during defecation or coughing.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth: In women, an umbilical hernia can occur due to stretching of muscles and tissues during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can create additional pressure in the area of the abdominal cavity, contributing to the formation of a hernia.
  • Genetic factors: Hereditary predisposition may play a role in the occurrence of umbilical hernias.
  • Female genital surgery: For example, surgery involving the ovaries or uterus can increase the risk of developing a hernia in women.

Knowing these common factors can help you understand why a person may develop an umbilical hernia. It is important to remember that each person is unique, and the reasons may vary in individual cases. If you suspect a hernia, it’s important to discuss it with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

As a result, a consultation with an experienced doctor helps to evaluate all these factors and make an informed decision about the need for surgery or the use of alternative treatment methods.

Umbilical hernia: symptoms

  • A bulge in the belly button area: Most often, a bulge or swelling is noticeable in the belly button area, which can become more visible when straining, coughing, or lifting weights. The hernia may decrease or disappear when lying down and increase with tension.
  • Pain or discomfort: You may experience pain or discomfort in the navel area, especially during physical activity. Pain and discomfort may worsen with physical activity, but usually improve at rest.
  • Feeling of heaviness or pressure in the abdomen: Patients may feel pressure or discomfort in the area of the hernia.
  • Digestive problems: In some cases, an umbilical hernia can cause digestive system dysfunction, causing stomach or intestinal problems.

Umbilical hernia: what not to do?

  1. Avoid heavy lifting, as this can increase internal pressure in the abdominal cavity and contribute to further protrusion of organs through the hernial opening.
  2. Avoid intense physical exercises, especially those that involve straining the abdominal muscles.
  3. Standing or sitting for too long, as well as lack of physical activity can also be unfavorable. It is recommended to maintain a balance between activity and rest.
  4. Don’t ignore symptoms or delay seeing a doctor. If you suspect an umbilical hernia, it is important to see a specialist to confirm the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
  5. Do not self-medicate, such as wearing bandages or using other means, without consulting a doctor.

Umbilical hernia: treatment

A hernia never goes away on its own

To put it simply, in this disease some organ (most often - intestinal loops) changed its position in the body under the pressure of neighboring organs, while damaging the front wall of the abdominal cavity, and came out under the skin. The pressure of neighboring organs has not stopped, the damage to the wall has not self-removed, and the displaced organ cannot return to its position on its own.

There is no treatment for hernia without surgery

Umbilical hernia is dangerous due to its complications: inflammation, compression of the hernia with necrotic consequences, constipation with stagnation of feces in the intestines (coprostasis), sexual dysfunction. A hernia can be guaranteed to be cured only with the help of surgery, otherwise you risk wasting time and only making the situation worse by resorting to unproven methods.

You will be able to quickly return to normal life

Modern minimally invasive (gentle, minimally traumatic) methods allow you to leave the clinic after a few hours on the same day or the next day after the operation. Hospitalization and bed rest are not required. After a month, your health will be completely restored and you will be able to return to a full-fledged life, visiting the pool and playing sports.

Which doctor treats an umbilical hernia?

Umbilical hernia surgery
Davyd Noga

Herniology is a field of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of hernias of the anterior abdominal wall. Hernioplasty is a surgical intervention aimed at eliminating a hernia by suturing it and strengthening weak areas of the abdominal wall. Hernia removal operations at the “New Life” clinic are performed by a top category herniological surgeon with 30 years of experience in Ukraine and the USA (Loma Linda University Medical Center, California).

David Noga is the founder and chief physician of the New Life Clinic, has 22 scientific works, 3 patents for inventions (including one patent of the international PCT standard) and patent rights for 2 useful models in medicine.

Abdominal hernia surgery
Doctor: Davyd Noga

Methods of carrying out operations for the treatment of hernia at New Life Clinic

Umbilical hernia surgery

Open hernioplasty allows access to the contents of the hernia and the hernial gate through an external incision, while the incisions performed are minimal, the instruments used are minimally traumatic, and the suture material is made of ultra-thin modern materials. Thus, during operations, we care not only about the physical result and elimination of the disease, but also about the aesthetic wishes of our patients. Surgeons at New Life Clinic use unique technique of submerged sutures (Invention Patent of Ukraine No. 49856 dated 15.10.2002), thanks to which the patient has an almost complete absence of scars.

Umbilical hernia surgery

When using this technique, surgical intervention is performed not through one large incision, but through two or three small punctures up to 0.5 cm each. A special endoscopic tool is inserted into the holes and all the necessary manipulations are performed, as well as the insertion of a surgical mesh. Thus, endoscopic hernioplasty gives better results, since the location of the mesh on the side of the abdominal cavity more reliably protects the defect of the inguinal canal or the abdominal wall with increased intra-abdominal pressure.

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