Umbilical Hernia Surgery

Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery located in Peoria, AZ

Umbilical hernias are common in newborn infants, but adults can develop this condition as well. Nationally recognized hernia surgeons perform umbilical hernia repair procedures at the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery in Peoria, Arizona. If you or a loved one needs umbilical hernia surgery, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Umbilical Hernia Surgery Q & A

What is an umbilical hernia?

An umbilical hernia happens when part of your intestine pokes through an opening in the abdominal muscles near your belly button (umbilicus). Umbilical hernias look like a soft bulge near the belly button and are usually painless

As a developing fetus, there’s a hole in your abdominal wall where the umbilical cord passes through. This hole usually closes up shortly after birth. When the hole doesn’t close properly, an umbilical hernia may appear in the baby.

Sometimes, umbilical hernias don’t occur until later in life.  

When does an umbilical hernia require treatment?

Most umbilical hernias are painless and don’t cause problems. You should notify your doctor if the hernia:

  • Becomes sore or painful
  • Becomes swollen or discolored
  • Is accompanied by vomiting

In most infants, umbilical hernias usually close within the first year without treatment. Your baby may need surgery if the hernia:

  • Is still present at age 4
  • Becomes trapped
  • Restricts intestinal function

Adults with umbilical hernias usually receive surgical treatment to prevent serious complications like bowel obstruction.

If any of these conditions apply, the hernia repair experts at the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery can help. Dr. Prebil and Dr. Ballecer are world-renowned leaders and educators on minimally invasive and robotic hernia surgery.

What should I expect from umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Umbilical hernia repair is generally a quick and simple procedure that involves moving the tissue back into place and strengthening your abdominal wall.

The expert surgeons at CMIRS use minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic techniques whenever possible. Open surgery may be necessary in some cases, like with a very small umbilical hernia. Larger umbilical hernias are called ventral hernias and are usually better suited for minimally invasive techniques.

Both minimally invasive and open procedures involve repairing the hernia with mesh and securing the abdominal wall with stitches. Surgery typically takes about 20-30 minutes.

Afterward, you can go home the same day but should plan to take three to five days off for recovery. You’ll be able to walk after surgery, but should wait about three weeks before resuming strenuous physical activity.

For the highest-quality treatment of umbilical hernias, call the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery or book an appointment online today.