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Umbilical Hernia Repair

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about an umbilical hernia repair?

An umbilical hernia repair is surgery to fix your umbilical (belly button) hernia. An umbilical hernia may be repaired if the hernia is preventing blood flow to your organs, blocking your intestines, or causing pain. An open repair or laparoscopic repair may be done to fix your umbilical hernia.

How do I prepare for an umbilical hernia repair?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines you should take or not take on the day of surgery. You may be given an antibiotic through your IV to help prevent a bacterial infection. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic. Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you after surgery. The person can watch for problems and help you around the house.

What will happen during a laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair?

What will happen during an open umbilical hernia repair?

What will happen after an umbilical hernia repair?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may have pain, bloating, or nausea after your surgery. If you had a laparoscopic repair, you may have pain in your shoulder or near your ribs. This is from the gas used during surgery. Healthcare providers will give you medicine to help decrease pain and nausea. You may be able to go home when your pain is controlled, you can drink liquids, and you urinate.

What are the risks of an umbilical hernia repair?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. A pocket of fluid may form under your skin. You may need treatment to remove it. Your umbilical hernia may return, or you may develop a hernia in a different location. Your intestines may be injured during the surgery. You may get a blood clot in your leg, arm, or lungs. This may become life-threatening.

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