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  • Umbilical Hernia

     Pathophysiology

    Most umbilical hernias are recognised shortly after birth, after the cord sloughs and the umbilicus heals. They are rarely symptomatic. The umbilical ring continues to close over time and the umbilical fascia strengthens, resulting in spontaneous resolution of the defect in most children.

  • Umbilical Hernia

     Disease statistics

    Patients with both cirrhosis and ascites have a 20% risk of developing umbilical hernia.

  • Umbilical Hernia

     Disease treatment

    During surgery, a small incision is made at the base of the bellybutton. The herniated tissue is returned to the abdominal cavity, and the opening in the abdominal wall is stitched closed. In adults, surgeons often use mesh to help strengthen the abdominal wall.

  • Umbilical Hernia

     Major research

    Research from University Medical Center, "The objective of this study was to compare the outcomes of patients who underwent umbilical hernia correction during liver transplantation through a separate infra-umbilical incision with those who underwent correction through the same incision used to perform the liver transplantation.

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