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How was your recovery from umbilical hernia surgery?

I just had surgery yesterday. Will I be ok for Thanksgiving? It is no fun walking around yet. Do you think I will be ok to go back to work on Monday?


No u won't.....  (+ info)

What is my stomach to look like after umbilical hernia repair?

What are the stages of recovery? Should I be able to see my belly button or will I see it after time? I'm really concerned about the way it looks!

My husband had this surgery. It was done as outpatient surgery. He only stayed a couple of hours after surgery. He was pretty sore, and had to have help getting up and down. He has a small curved scar below his belly button. Before he had no belly button. Your stomach should have such a small scar that it should be hardly noticeable. He was able to return to work after two weeks. You will see your belly button after the bandages are removed by the doc. Get Well Soon!  (+ info)

Have you ever had an umbilical hernia?

I just had a baby 5 months ago and now have a small umbilical hernia. I see the surgeon for a consult in a month or so. I am just wondering if you had one, what the surgery was like to repair it. I have had 5 full-term pregnancies in 6 years so I am not suprised that I have a weak abdominal wall. Just wondered what the experience/surgery was like for you.

I had one as a child 5 years old I remember my grand mother taping a 50 cent piece over it to push it in, It not perfect but it is an inny now. I'm 61.  (+ info)

how long is normal for umbilical hernia pain?

I had umbilical surgery repair 8 days ago and Im still in decent pain, I have used all my pain meds and Im afraid to ask for more, dont want to look like a drug seeker or anything. I know its not infected and its not really swollen much anymore but it still hurts fairly bad and I have tried ibuprophen, alieve, etc with no relief, is this normal?

Everyone responds to pain differently, and this is stomach surgery. I think you have good reason to ask for more medication, besides the dr needs to know that you are in such pain. You may have "strained a little when you got up, I understand - it's not easy. (i had an umbilical hernia- ha they call it bandaid surgery-
I tell ya what I have had that surgery , gallbladder surgery, 6back surgery, 3arm surgery, been in a major car accidents.. but that so called bandaid surger had to be the worst pain ever- lol

Call the Dr, but before you do- take your temperature, and make sure you are not even running a low grade temp.
I think they will agree and tell you to go by the office for a prescription. They dont just call in narcotics. and you want relieve NOW.  (+ info)

Womens experiences after delivery with Umbilical Hernia?

I am 32 weeks along and yesterday I found out I have Umbilical Hernia. From your experiences, has anyones Umbilical Hernia improved or gone away after labor and delivery?

I had one with my last pregnancy and it went away pretty much right after delivery. I have it again this time, worse this time, and I hope it will go away on it's own again.  (+ info)

Can previous umbilical hernia surgery lead to or become a contributing factor to irritable bowel syndrome?

I previously have had hernia surgery twice and i also suffer with ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) both times I had surgery and some mesh was inserted now I am on my third reoccurrance of the hernia is there any know connection between the two.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the manifestations of functional abdominal pain. Functional means that there is no organic disease. Functional abdominal pain describes a constellation of symptoms as a result of intestinal motility disorders. Symptoms may include:

urgency with defecation
incomplete sensation of defecation
passage of mucus in the stool
What causes irritable bowel syndrome?
The digestion and propulsion of nutrients and fluids through the gastrointestinal system (GI) is a very complicated and very well organized process. The GI tract has its own intrinsic muscles and nerves that connect, like an electrical circuit, to the spinal cord and brain. Neuromuscular events occurring in the GI tract is relayed to the brain through neural connections, and the response of the brain is also relayed back to the gastrointestinal tract. As a result of this activity, motility and sensation in the bowel is generated. An abnormality in this process results in a disordered propulsion of the intestinal contents and generates the sensation of pain.

The nerves that control the digestive tract may also be more sensitive to the activity associated to the process of digestion. Children with irritable bowel syndrome may be more aware of gas and motion and rumbles of the intestines. They are more aware of these discomforts and hence more irritated when they occur. The child who experiences the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome is thought to be as a result of the following and their interaction:

motility abnormalities

visceral hypersensitivity
The viscera are the organs inside the abdominal cavity. The GI tract is the largest in the abdomen and it has been seen that in patients with functional GI disorders there is heightened sensitivity to changes within the intestine, whether to the presence of food or as a result of distension of the viscera.

psychosocial problems
It is well known that the emotional state of the person can directly influence the activity in the gastrointestinal tract. High levels of anxiety, stress, or anger can induce diarrhea.

A stressful event is not circumscribed to emotional issues but also to physical stresses such as a viral illness or any other particular disease state.

bacterial infection
Some of the individuals with gastroenteritis caused by a bacterial infection sometimes develop irritable bowel syndrome.
All of the above factors can trigger the occurrence of symptoms. It is important to stress to the child with a functional bowel disorder that his/her abdominal pain is real and not imaginary.

Who is affected by irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome occurs in both children and adults.

Ten to 15 percent of school-aged children and adolescents have symptoms of functional abdominal pain to the point of interrupting their daily normal life.

Thirty-three percent of adults who have irritable bowel syndrome can trace their symptoms back to childhood.

Girls are affected by the disorder slightly more often than boys.

There is no known gene that causes irritable bowel syndrome, but the disorder does seem to occur more often in families where either a child or a parent has the disorder.
Why is irritable bowel syndrome a concern?
Children with irritable bowel syndrome often do not feel well. Those who have diarrhea may have little warning of their need to go to the bathroom, and, therefore, may be embarrassed and avoid going to school or socializing with their schoolmates. Children can become depressed or anxious because of the disorder.

Most children with irritable bowel syndrome continue to grow and develop normally. However, some children may eat less to avoid the pain that can accompany digestion, and therefore, lose weight.

Its greatest morbidity resides in the fact that it affects normal daily activity of the child, affecting school and peer relations.

What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), irritable bowel syndrome in children tends to produce two types of symptoms: diarrhea or pain, depending on the age of the child. Symptoms may include:

recurrent abdominal pain. The pain becomes chronic when it has been present for a period greater than three months.

an altered bowel pattern with diarrhea and constipation, all of which suggests intestinal motility dysfunction.






limb pain
In children, symptoms of functional bowel disorders are variable and are age dependent. For example:

infantile colic (younger than 4 months of age)

gastroesophageal reflux (younger than 2 years of age and then reappears in adolescence and adulthood)

chronic non-specific diarrhea (younger than 4 years of age)

constipation (any age)

irritable bowel syndrome (adolescents and adults)
The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are not unique for the condition. Altered bowel pattern and abdominal pain could be symptoms of organic disease - one reason why you should always consult your child's physician for a diagnostic work-up.

How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?
Your child's physician will obtain a thorough medical history, perform a full physical examination, and obtain screening laboratories to assess for infection and inflammation. The laboratory tests, imaging studies, and procedures to be performed will be dictated by the history and physical examination. Tests and procedures that your child's physician may order may include the following:

blood tests - to evaluate whether your child is anemic, has an infection, or has an illness caused by inflammation or irritation.

urine analysis and culture - to help assess for urinary tract infections.

stool sample - for culture to check for bacteria and parasites that may cause diarrhea.

stool samples for occult blood - occult blood cannot be seen and is only detected by a special solution that turns blue when coming into contact with blood. It suggests an inflammatory source in the gastrointestinal tract.

lactose breath hydrogen test - to determine if your child is intolerant to lactose, a sugar present in milk and milk products.

abdominal x-ray - a simple study that will give the physician an idea of how the internal organs look.

abdominal ultrasound - a diagnostic imaging technique which creates images from the rebound of high frequency sound waves in the internal organs.

endoscopy - a test that uses a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (endoscope) to examine the inside of part of the digestive tract. Tissue samples from inside the digestive tract may also be taken for examination and testing.
Rarely, the physician will require ultrasound and/or an endoscopy.  (+ info)

Im a food server and I might have an umbilical hernia..can I go without surgery for awhile?

Im a female. I found a lump on Friday and Sunday, without CAT scan, was told it might be an umbilical hernia. Ive been reading that there is no cure but surgery. How long can one live with a hernia?

You'll want to get this done sooner then later. It can become incarcerated if you wait. Then it will be very painful and you will probably have emergency surgery, which could be more expensive. Talk to your doctor and see what he or she recommends. Best of luck to you!  (+ info)

How do I explain to my 4-year-old son about the umbilical hernia surgery he has to have?

I don't want to go in to too much detail, as I don't want to scare him. All I have told him so far is that he is going to get it fixed and he has to have "surgery". I am pretty worried about how he is going to react when he gets there. It is going to break my heart if he freaks out. I am pretty worried in general as well anyways, but this fear isn't helping matters any. Any serious suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Tell him that he has a "Oh-wee" in his belly. The doctor is going to make him go to sleep. While he is sleeping the doctor will fix the "Oh-wee" and when he wakes he'll be all better.

You can substitute "oh-wee" with your preferred age appropriate description.  (+ info)

Is it possible that you can get another umbilical hernia after you've already gotten it repaired?

I had surgery about 2 yrs ago for an umbilical hernia. I'm kind of having the same pain in my stomach and feeling a little nauseous as i was 2 yrs ago. I don't want to go to the doctor unless i'm sure or wait until i can actually tell that it's coming back by looking at my stomach for a bulge. I can feel a little pressure there but i'm not really sure if it is a recurrence or not. Serious answers please and thank you.

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My husband had an umbilical hernia repaired. Now it's really hard behind his belly button. Is that normal?

They put a mesh fabric in behind his belly button to fix the hernia. Now when he puts his finger in his belly button it's really hard at the back. Is that normal?

Yes. It is the herniated muscles pressing against the fabric.  (+ info)

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