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Umbilical hernia repair surgery will fix the hernia, and allow your child to return to normal activities.
The abdominal cavity contains the intestines and other structures. These are protected by the abdominal wall, which is made up of four layers.
The inner layer is a membrane. The second layer is a wall made of muscle. A layer of fat separates the muscle from the outer layer of skin.
This produces a lump called a hernia. If your child has an umbilical hernia, surgery can fix it.
Your Consultant will make a small cut around half of the umbilicus. Then, they will close the opening in the tough layer of the abdominal wall with strong stitches.
Like all surgical procedures, there are some levels of risks to consider. Some of these can be serious. However, you can speak to your Consultant about the following general and specific complications that may worry you.
General complications of any operation
Specific complications of umbilical hernia surgery
Your child should be able to return to school after a week, but for 6 weeks should not do strenuous exercise.
Most children make a full recovery.
If your child is over three years old, surgery is recommended to prevent serious complications that can happen in adult life.
Unfortunately, a hernia will not get better without surgery.
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