what is umbilical hernia?

What is Umbilical Hernia?

It is a disorder that occurs as a result of weakening or tearing of the supporting layer called fascia, that is located in the abdominal wall and that prevents the intestines from bulging outwards from the abdomen.

What are the Symptoms of Umbilical Hernia?

Swelling and pain in the navel
Swelling that increases when standing, straining, coughing and gets lost when lying flat
Only pain in early stage hernias

Why does Umbilical Hernia Occur?

It occurs as a result of weakening or tearing of the supporting layer, which prevents the intestines from bulging outwards from the abdomen. The weakness of this layer might be congenital or be caused by overexertion (straining, heavy lifting, coughing, demanding sports).

Can Umbilical Hernia Be Treated with Medication?

It is not possible to shrink, remedy, remove umbilical hernia with medication. On the contrary, waiting can cause the hernia to grow. The only treatment is surgery. In newborns, it is possible that the umbilical hernia can close until the age of 2.5 years. Therefore, in case of umbilical hernia in newborns, it is waited under the control of a doctor until the child is 2,5-3 years of age.

Is Umbilical Hernia Dangerous?

If the intestines or organs bulging through the umbilical hernia are trapped in the hernia sac, a condition called strangulated hernia occurs and might cause conditions leading up to intestinal necrosis and posing fatal risks.

How are Umbilical Hernia Surgeries Performed?

Umbilical hernia surgeries can be performed by open and closed methods. In some patients it might be necessary to use a mesh patch during the surgery, considering the clinical picture and the condition of the patient.

What is the Mesh Patch Used in Umbilical Hernia Surgeries?

It is a product based on the principle of supporting the weakened supporting layer that causes hernia and enabling the body to form a new supporting layer against this mesh patch.

Are Stitches and the Mesh Patches Used in Umbilical Hernia Surgeries Important?

Given that some stitches and the mesh patch used in umbilical hernia surgeries will remain in your body for a lifetime, it is obvious that their quality and structural characteristics are very important. Unfortunately, as in all sectors, there are Chinese products in the market in health sector as well and they might pose a threat against your health. You can learn the brand, structure, place of manufacture and quality of the material to be used in your surgery, from your doctor before the surgery.

Does Umbilical Hernia Recur?

When the appropriate surgery technique is applied by an experienced surgeon in umbilical hernia, the risk of recurrence is below 1%.

When is It Possible to Continue Daily Life After the Surgery?

1 day after surgery, you can start your daily activities.

Will the stitches be removed after surgery?

We use plastic stitches to close the surgical site, therefore it is not necessary to remove the stitches. Site of stitches is dressed on for 2 days and after that, there is no obstacle to taking a shower.