What is an umbilical hernia?

An umbilical hernia is the most frequent second type of abdominal hernias. It is present at the site or around the umbilicus.  All stomach hernias like the umbilical hernia are treated by the surgery. Hernias are not medicable.

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How does the umbilical hernia occur?

Umbilical hernia is more common in women than men. It develops in the pregnancy period mostly. The navel bulges outwards. The navel flattens or swells. In this case, hernia is considered. Umbilical hernia known as the stomach hernia is more common in people doing exercise actively. It may be smaller than 1 cm and bigger than 10 cm.

What is the effect of the umbilical hernia?

Effects (symptoms) of the umbilical hernia include stomach, navel bulge, nausea, vomiting, navel bruising. You should consult the surgeon when you notice the symptoms of umbilical hernia as soon as possible.

What is the risk of umbilical hernia?

Risks of the umbilical hernia are the same as all stomach hernias. Circulation in the intestine inside the hernia sac may deteriorate. Tissue death can occur in intestine. If the food cannot pass through the intestine, it goes back and abdominal swelling, bad odour vomiting occurs.  Risks of the umbilical hernia should be understood by the patients well. Urgent surgery may be necessary in such cases.

How is the umbilical hernia treated?

Umbilical hernia is treated with open and closed (laparoscopic) surgical techniques. Medication is not possible for the umbilical hernia. Peritoneum tear should be treated by the surgical method.

Umbilical hernia surgery is carried out at full-fledged hospitals in the center of Izmir. While open umbilical hernia surgery is performed at every hospital and medical centers, laparoscopic umbilical hernia surgery requires specialized instruments.

Open umbilical hernia surgery can be performed under spinal anaesthesia. The patient may be discharged on the same day based on his condition. Laparoscopic umbilical hernia surgery is performed under general anaesthesia at the hospitals having adequate technical infrastructure in Izmir. Patients are generally hospitalized for one night. They are discharged on the next day. Scar is rare in the laparoscopic surgeries. For this reason, it is called non-scar surgery. Patients begin to work or do exercises in shorter time.

How much does the umbilical hernia surgery cost?

Cost of the umbilical hernia is determined by the technique, patch to be used, the hospital and term of the procedure.  Even if the cost of laparoscopic surgeries appears to be high since special techniques and specialized instruments are used, they are more advantageous because the patient gets better in a short time, he feels less pain, loss of labor is lower. The other factor for the cost is the patch to be used. Cost varies by the size, structure and quality of the patch. Not the most expensive patch should be chosen for the surgery but the most adequate patch should be chosen. Cost of the umbilical hernia shifted in 2020 due to the material cost compared to 2019.

Does the umbilical hernia surgery constitute a risk?

Risk of the umbilical hernia surgery varies by the health condition, comorbidity diseases, and use of open or laparoscopic techniques. As the age increases, risk increases in the presence of diabetes mellitus, hypertension. Risk of the umbilical hernia surgery is generally lower than 3%. For this reason, umbilical hernia surgery can be performed safely

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