You're Thinking of Having Your Umbilical Hernia Repaired

Unfortunately, an umbilical hernia will not repair itself with time and helpful exercises. If you are ever going to get rid of your hernia, it will have to be surgically repaired.

This is a tough decision for many people. For some, the pain from their umbilical hernia might be small enough that it may not be worth the risk involved with abdominal surgery.

Others may want to have surgery but might be reluctant to use mesh.

If you're currently on the fence about having umbilical hernia repair surgery, the following four articles might help you decide what's best for you.

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Call your doctor when...

As soon as you notice you have an umbilical hernia, you should contact your doctor and have it examined. Your doctor will be able to give you more information about your particular situation and discuss your options (including doing nothing), so you can have all the information you need to make a wise decision about how to proceed.

If you have already had your hernia repaired surgically, you should call your doctor immediately if the area around your belly button starts to become:

  • red,
  • swollen,
  • smelly,
  • hot to the touch, and/or
  • painful.

You should also contact your doctor if you notice any discolored drainage.