Umbilical Hernia

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Umbilical hernias can be easily diagnosed through a physical examination. The doctor will feel for the bulge or swelling around the belly button area. In infants, this bulge may become more noticeable during crying episodes. As part of the diagnosis, the doctor will determine whether the hernia can be pushed back into place.

Furthermore, specific tests might be recommended to assess if the umbilical hernia has become trapped or "incarcerated." These diagnostic tests could include X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI, or CT scans. The results of these tests help gauge the severity of the condition and determine the most appropriate treatment approach.


  • Strangulation
  • Gangrene
  • Death of tissue


At Pilot Heal, our experienced general surgeons prefer to use laparoscopic techniques for repairing umbilical hernias. The surgical procedure involves the following steps:

  • The patient receives general anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience and induce sleep during the surgery, minimizing any anxiety or discomfort.
  • Small incisions are made in the abdominal region to allow the insertion of a laparoscope and surgical instruments.
  • The laparoscope provides enhanced visualization of the internal organs, facilitating the identification of the hernia sac.
  • The intestine is gently repositioned to its proper place, and if necessary, a hernia mesh is strategically placed around the muscle wall to prevent the organ from protruding again.
  • Umbilical hernia repair surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, with the patient being discharged on the same day. Subsequent recovery takes place at home, and the doctor will provide a comprehensive recovery plan to expedite the healing process during this period.