After analyzing your symptoms, clinical history, and performing a physical examination, your doctor, if deemed necessary, will request a series of imaging studies such as abdominal ultrasound, computed tomography, or MRI to corroborate the diagnosis, watch for complications, and define the steps to follow.
As for infants’ treatment, it is usually surgical when the umbilical hernia:
- Causes a lot of pain.
- Size greater than two centimeters.
- It does not go away on its own over five years.
- Immobilizes the intestine.
In adults, surgery is recommended when the umbilical hernia causes a lot of discomfort and has grown in size, so a hernioplasty is usually performed, which consists of placing a reinforcing mesh to prevent it from reopening.
In general, an umbilical hernia surgery lasts between 25 and 60 minutes, depending on the method used.
If you are given general anesthesia, you will need to recover until the effects of the anesthesia wear off. The risks of umbilical hernia surgery are low unless you have secondary conditions.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.