Umbilical Hernia Repair (Belly button hernia)
A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall.
Your muscles are usually strong and tight enough to keep your organs and intestines in place, but a hernia can develop if there are any weak spots.
What is an umbilical hernia?
Umbilical hernias are very common in infants and young children, especially in babies born prematurely. Umbilical hernias can also develop in adults. Without treatment, the hernia will probably get worse over time.
An umbilical hernia appears as a painless lump in or near the navel (belly button).
It may get bigger when laughing, coughing, crying or going to the toilet and may shrink when relaxing or lying down.
What causes an umbilical hernia?
An umbilical hernia is caused when a weak spot develops in the surrounding muscle wall (abdominal wall), and an umbilical hernia can develop when fatty tissue or a part of the bowel pokes through into an area near the navel.
In adults, factors that can contribute to developing an umbilical hernia include: