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The umbilical scar, or belly button, can be a point of weakness in the abdominal wall, allowing fatty tissue or part of the bowel to protrude through at the naval. This is called an umbilical hernia, a bulge at or near the belly button. Our team of hernia specialists at Core Surgical offer umbilical hernia treatment and surgery at our medical center in NYC.

Causes and Symptoms of an Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia results when part of the intestine protrudes from the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles. While umbilical hernias are more common in infants, adults, especially women, are also susceptible to them. In children, umbilical hernias occur when there is weakness where the umbilical cord opening healed. In adults, obesity and pregnancy can contribute to a weak area in the abdomen.

Treatment varies on the symptoms of the patient. If the hernia causes the patient pain, then we will consider surgery. Most children do not need surgery to treat an umbilical hernia. Usually, children do not experience pain and the hernia will close on its own. Adults may experience symptoms such as pain around the belly button, nausea, queasiness or midline abdominal tenderness. Regardless, it is crucial to consult a specialized hernia physician who can identify the issue and determine the necessary treatment.

While rare, umbilical hernias can result in an incarcerated or strangulated hernia, which can be very serious and even fatal. If an umbilical hernia becomes visibly discolored, causes vomiting or sudden pain, seek urgent medical care.

If you or your child have an umbilical hernia, it is important to have your condition examined by a hernia specialist to determine the right treatment. Our hernia specialists at Core Surgical offer umbilical hernia treatment and surgery. Contact our clinic in Midtown Manhattan to schedule an exam and consultation.

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