The Surgical Procedure
If it is determined that your child will need to undergo umbilical hernia repair, a small incision will be made at the base of the belly button where the bulging intestine can be identified. Then the intestine can be pushed back into its proper place, while the hernia sac is removed. Multiple stitches are put in place around the muscle wall to prevent another hernia. The skin around the belly button will be then sewn down and attached to the underlying muscle so that the belly button looks like an “innie” instead of an “outie.” Most children are able to return home within a few hours after surgery, however children with certain medical conditions and premature infants may need to remain under observation for one night.
For adults, the decision to repair an umbilical hernia with mesh depends on the size of the hernia defect found at the time of surgery. The surgeons at Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics of NJ can evaluate you and provide more details at your consultation visit.