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Umbilical hernia repair surgery will fix the hernia, and allow your child to return to normal activities.
An umbilical hernia is a lump at the umbilicus (belly button). The abdominal cavity contains the intestines and other structures. These are protected by the abdominal wall, which is made up of four layers. The inner layer is a membrane. The second layer is a wall made of muscle. A layer of fat separates the muscle from the outer layer of skin.
Weak spots can develop in the layer of muscle, resulting in the contents of the abdomen, along with the inner layer, pushing through the abdominal wall. This produces a lump called a hernia.
Your child should no longer have the hernia. Surgery should prevent your child from having any of the serious complications that a hernia can cause in adult life, and allow them to return to normal activities.
They should be able to go home the same day. Your child should be able to return to school after a week but for 6 weeks should not do strenuous exercise. Most children make a full recovery.
An umbilical hernia is a common condition. If your child is over 3 years old, surgery is recommended to prevent serious complications that can happen in adult life. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.
Authors: Mr Shailinder Singh DM FRCS (Paed. Surg.), Mr Jonathan Sutcliffe FRCS
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