Umbilical Hernia Repair Specialist

Buckminster Farrow, MD -  - General Surgeon

Buckminster Farrow, MD

General Surgeon & Hernia and Gallbladder Specialist located in Houston, TX & Katy, TX

At times, it’s possible for your abdominal contents to poke through your belly button, bulging out in what’s known as an umbilical hernia. While it can be painful, embarrassing, or even debilitating, treatments are available at the offices of Dr. Buckminster Farrow, MD, in Houston and Katy, Texas. Dr. Farrow is a hernia specialist who has extensive experience performing umbilical hernia repair. To learn more about umbilical hernia surgery, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.

Umbilical Hernia Repair Q & A

What is an umbilical hernia?

Umbilical hernias occur at the belly button where the muscular wall of the abdomen doesn’t reinforce the strong connective tissue called fascia. If enough pressure occurs in the abdomen over time the weakened area can tear causing a hole in the fascia. When this happens, a bulge can form, causing discomfort and an altered appearance. In adults, when the intestine pushes through the hole, it can become strangulated, presenting a potentially serious condition that requires immediate medical care. 

What are the symptoms of an umbilical hernia?

Often times, umbilical hernias don’t cause any symptoms, and as such, don’t need to be treated. However, one of the most noticeable symptoms is a swelling or bulging appearance in the area of the umbilicus, which may be visible only during certain activities such as straining or coughing. In adults, umbilical hernias can cause discomfort and nausea, and during strangulation may cause vomiting, discoloration, and severe pain. 

What causes umbilical hernias?

Umbilical hernias occur due to weaknesses in the fascial tissue that surrounds your abdomen. After birth, the area the umbilical cord connected to usually closes off completely. However, if this doesn’t heal fully, it can cause a weakness in the tissue that can lead to an umbilical hernia during infancy or later in life. 

In addition, certain risk factors can increase the pressure in your abdomen leading to the formation of an umbilical hernia, including:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy (especially twins or more than 2 pregnancies)
  • Straining or coughing frequently
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Fluid buildup in your abdominal cavity

If you suspect that you have an umbilical hernia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Farrow to learn about your treatment options.

What treatment options are available for umbilical hernias?

While an umbilical hernia can be debilitating, Dr. Farrow provides umbilical hernia repair surgery that is uniquely tailored to your needs. If your umbilical hernia is causing any discomfort or posing a risk for strangulation, Dr. Farrow may recommend surgery. Both open surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures are available, depending on your unique situation. As is the case with other surgeries, the recovery time for laparoscopic surgery is less than for open surgery. Open surgery can be a better option however if there is a separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis) along with the hernia, as typically occurs after pregnancy.

Speak with Dr. Farrow to discuss the right solution for your needs. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today.