Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when the intestinal muscles protrude through the abdominal muscles present on the belly button. It occurs commonly in children, and they are harmless. In adults, umbilical hernia shows some symptoms. The symptoms are abdominal pain and tenderness, constipation, vomiting, and red-colored bulge. It is treated by doing surgery.

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Should I get the recurrent hernia operated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have undergone a hernia operation six months back. But then, I got a similar pain and I was scanned. A small hernia was detected again. Should I get it operated or wait for some time? Please give me a suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your records (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have radiological evidence of a hernia. The worrisome finding in the report is that the opening is a small one with intestinal loops inside. It is safer to get surgery done. Otherwise,...  Read Full »

I get a bulge in my stomach when I cough, but it is not present otherwise. Is it a hernia?

Query: Hello doctor, Please let me know if this is a hernia. I do not have any bulging, but I cannot put it back in when I cough.  Read Full »

Dr. Shivpal Saini

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. A small umbilical hernia is very common. Based on the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it looks like a hernia with omental fat as a content. Umbilical hernia with omental fat as the content...  Read Full »

Please go through my CT report and suggest the cause of my stomach pain.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from stomach pain for 10 years with diarrhea and constipation. Also, there has been on and off liver pain and pain around my female area. I got married for 10 years. I had five healthy pregnancies and nine very early miscarriages in between for unknown reasons. I have a h...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is a small cyst like area in the right lobe of the liver. However, this should not be causing any pain or discomfort in the right upper abdomen. There is an evolving umbilical hernia and probably causing you to have abdominal distension. It is not something y...  Read Full »

My belly button popped out after pregnancy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a mother of two children. After my delivery, my navel has popped out and it has remained so even now. Please suggest some ways to get back my usual naval shape.  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sometimes, after childbirth, the rectum sheath and the muscles go weak and lead to a hernia. So, what you have may be an umbilical hernia. It will increase on coughing. It has to be checked by a surgeon. If it is a hernia, it can be treated surgically and th...  Read Full »

What are the abdominal exercises to be done after hernia surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I underwent surgery for umbilical hernia. Kindly let me know some exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You must take complete rest for one week, and no exertion up to one month. After one month, you may get back to normal activities without restriction. It is advisable to start the routine work slowly and gradually. It is not advisable to do abdominal crunches after...  Read Full »

Can iron supplements cause bloating of the stomach?

Query: Hi doctor, I had arrhythmia problems last month, and nothing came up in the heart studies. But I started feeling bloated with time, and for the last four weeks, my body temperature is slightly higher (37.3 to 37.4). A couple of days ago, I started feeling nauseous and realized a bump right above my...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern and the reason for being anxious about this recently appearing bump in the stomach area for the last few months. Thankfully your heart was clear. Well, simple things first: The temperature changes in you are due to physiologic variation...  Read Full »

Is red belly button with umbilical hernia a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old male. I am currently on Allopurinol for gout, Metoprolol, and Valsartan for blood pressure. I was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia about nine years ago. Doctor said my belly button was quite large, and it is not a worrying concern unless I get pain. I have not c...  Read Full »

Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I reviewed your detailed history and also seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a small umbilical hernia. It has tightened slightly due to your increased exercise. Yes, it is discolored. But as it is not causing pain a...  Read Full »

Why is my belly button hard?

Query: Hello doctor, The top of my belly button, that is, the skin of my belly button is hard and firm, and the rest of my belly button is not. I feel as if there is something under the surface. I changed my diet, so I lost some weight. I was 168 lbs, and now I am 135 lbs. If I place two fingers over my b...  Read Full »

Dr. Dalia Mostafa Nayel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is completely normal, and there is no need to worry. This is due to different layers of connective tissues. For further queries consult a family physician online -->  Read Full »

When should I have my colonoscopy after delivery for a firm lump above my belly button?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old woman, and I am 27 weeks pregnant. When I was 20 weeks pregnant, I could occasionally feel a hard round lump of around 8 mm right above my belly button, on the top of uterus when I was lying down. It would just sit there then disappear within minutes or less. At fir...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The description you mentioned is quite characteristic of an umblical hernia or central hernia. You rightly pointed out that it appears and disappears indepedently and while you lie supine over the bed for a while. Since you have diastasis recti abdominus which is se...  Read Full »

My belly button pops up after umbilical hernia repair. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an umbilical hernia repair 11 days ago. It went fine, but 10 days later when I laid down my belly button pup out one inch then went back down. The next morning my belly button is out half an inch. My surgeon said just wait for a couple of days to see if it goes back down. I need...  Read Full »

Dr. Nadiminty Raghuvamsi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As it has been only 10 days since your surgery, I suggest you wait for a few more days and see your surgeon if necessary. It is quite likely that there may be a small collection of fluid in the region which may get absorbed or may need aspiration. It is quite unlikely...  Read Full »

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