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When should an Umbilical hernia be repaired?

In children, most umbilical hernias will go away on their own by age 3 or 4. This is why it may be recommended to wait until your child has reached this age to consider surgical repair. If, however, the defect is greater than 2cm in diameter, it will need to be surgically repaired. In adults, any symptomatic umbilical hernia should be evaluated for repair.


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This page was published on Dec 19, 2016, modified on Aug 13, 2020 by Dr. Sadek (Surgeon) of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics
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