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Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia is similar to an epigastric hernia and occurs in the middle of the navel, with the inside of the navel sticking out.

It is possible to occur in babies if the opening in the abdomen through which the umbilical cord passes doesn’t seal properly after birth.

Adults can also be affected, possibly as a result of repeated strain on the abdomen.

An umbilical hernia is similar to an epigastric hernia and occurs in the middle of the navel, with the inside of the navel sticking out.

Causes of umbilical hernia

In babies, an Umbilical Hernia is caused when the umbilical cord passes through an opening in the baby’s abdomen. In some cases, this opening should close shortly after birth but sometimes the muscles do not seal completely.  This leaves a weak spot in the surrounding abdominal wall and the hernia can develop when the-the fatty tissue/part of the bowel pokes through.

In adults, Umbilical Hernia is caused by being overweight or obese, straining while moving or lifting heavy objects, having a persistent heavy cough or having multiple pregnancies.

Symptoms of umbilical hernia

A bulge or lump will appear beneath the skin. It can vary in size, depending on how big the hole becomes and how much pushes out. As with all suspected hernias, you should have it repaired as soon as possible.

Treatment for umbilical hernia

In children, the weak spot in the abdominal wall is closed with stitches (in most cases). If the hernia is large or in adults, a special mesh is used to strengthen the area. To ensure you receive the best possible treatment we recommend contacting us for an assessment with one of our expert consultants.

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Umbilical hernia surgery timeline

At London Hernia we offer rapid access/turnaround from consultation to surgery. With a wealth of talented surgeons and available theatre slots, we can work around your schedule and ensure you’re back to health as soon as possible. For the next available surgery slot we recommend contacting our specialist team.

Is no treatment an option?

Many hernias do not hurt so the temptation is to leave them and get on with life. But failing to get medical advice can be damaging and is not recommended. If left the hernia will grow and discomfort and pain, even if negligible to start with will intensify.

Book umbilical hernia appointment

If you have a question or would like to book an appointment then you can contact our team on 020 3370 1014 or email us at londonhernia@hje.org.uk.

Hernia Clinic

The Hernia Unit provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all hernia types and can offer a number of surgery options depending on the individual needs of each patient.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 3370 1014.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

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