About Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia is a bulge of intestine or tissue that pushes through an opening in the stomach muscles at the belly button. This condition is fairly common in infants, but it can also occur in adults. Umbilical hernias can initially be harmless, but hernias that become painful or swollen usually require surgery. At miVIP Surgery Centers, umbilical hernia repair can be performed in a safe and minimally invasive manner.

In the past, many people may have lived with umbilical hernias, but today, these hernias can easily be removed to prevent future health risks. As umbilical hernia information becomes more widespread, more people are realizing the importance of seeking early treatment for the condition.


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital reports that 10 to 20 percent of babies have an umbilical hernia. For many babies, the condition resolves within a year of birth without a need for umbilical hernia repair surgery. In adults, the condition is much less prevalent, but it more frequently requires treatment.

Causes and Risk Factors

In infants, umbilical hernias occur when the muscles in the abdominal wall have not completely closed. Low birth weight or premature infants have a greater risk of the condition. In adults, the following characteristics or activities increase the likelihood of umbilical hernia:

  • Being overweight
  • Being pregnant
  • Having a chronic cough
  • Regularly lifting heavy objects
In general, conditions that cause excessive pressure in the belly increase the risk of umbilical hernia.

Common Symptoms

The most noticeable sign of an umbilical hernia is the protrusion that the hernia creates. The hernia may cause discomfort, and in extreme cases, a strangulated hernia can swell, become discolored, and cause severe pain. A doctor can provide more umbilical hernia information or perform a scan to confirm the presence of a hernia.

Treatment Options

When hernias become large or painful, umbilical hernia repair may be necessary. This procedure is done under anesthesia and requires only a small incision. The surgeon will reposition the tissue bulging into the hernia and repair the surrounding muscle or tissue as needed. More specific umbilical hernia information and surgical information is given to every miVIP patient prior to the procedure.


Hernias that are left untreated may grow over time and eventually become strangulated, requiring immediate surgical treatment. However, when umbilical hernia repair surgery is performed early enough, the prognosis is positive. Umbilical hernias rarely come back, and umbilical hernia repair surgery is a low-risk procedure with a reasonable recovery time.

If you need any additional information about umbilical hernias or the umbilical hernia repair procedure, we’re here 24 hours a day to answer your questions. Call miVIP Surgery Centers today at 855-496-4847 to learn more.