Umbilical & Epigastric Hernia Repair in NYC

If you’re suffering from an umbilical or epigastric hernia, schedule a consultation with world-renowned hernia surgeon Dr. Mark Reiner¬†for diagnosis and treatment. Umbilical hernias may heal on their own, but infants older than 4 and adults may require surgical repair. Epigastric hernias do not heal on their own and will require hernia repair surgery. Dr. Reiner is a leader in minimally-invasive hernia repair and has performed thousands of successful hernia operations in his lifetime. Learn more about umbilical and epigastric hernias below.

What is an umbilical hernia?

An umbilical hernia is a common type of hernia that occurs when part of the intestine or abdominal fat protrudes through the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles. Umbilical hernias are common among infants and are typically harmless. In some cases, they can affect adults as well. Umbilical hernias in infants often close on their own by the age of 2, but in some cases, the healing process may take longer. For umbilical hernias that still remain by the age of 4 or for umbilical hernias that appear during adulthood, surgical repair may be recommended.

What is an epigastric hernia?

An epigastric hernia occurs when tissues of the abdomen push through a weak part of the abdominal wall, resulting in a hernia that occurs between the breastbone and the belly button. These types of hernias are usually small, but you can develop more than one at a time.

What causes an umbilical hernia?

In most infants, the opening where the umbilical cord attaches will close on its own after birth. However, in some cases, the muscles may not join together completely in the midline of the abdomen, which can cause weakness in the abdominal wall that leads to an umbilical hernia during infancy or later in life.

In adults, pressure on the abdomen can cause an umbilical hernia, such as pressure that may be caused by obesity, multiple pregnancies, fluid in the abdominal cavity, and chronic peritoneal dialysis, among other possible causes.

What causes an epigastric hernia?

Epigastric hernias are caused by a midline defect above the umbilicus, or belly button, where the two major abdominal muscles (rectus muscles) meet. Factors that can contribute to the development of an epigastric hernia include coughing, straining, heavy work, and obesity.

What are the symptoms of an umbilical hernia?

The most common symptom of an umbilical hernia in a baby is a bulge near the navel, which may be noticeable only when the child is crying or coughing. This type of hernia in infants is usually painless, but umbilical hernias that appear during adulthood can cause discomfort in the abdomen.

What are the symptoms of an epigastric hernia?

Epigastric hernias often have no symptoms. The most common symptom associated with this type of hernia is pain in the upper abdomen.

How is an umbilical hernia treated?

Umbilical hernias in infants often close on their own and don’t require treatment, but in some cases, the healing process may take longer. For umbilical hernias that still remain by the age of 4 or for umbilical hernias that appear during adulthood, surgical repair may be recommended. If you have an umbilical hernia, a consultation with Dr. Mark Reiner, experienced hernia specialist in NYC, is the first step to proper treatment.

How is an epigastric hernia treated?

An epigastric hernia does not heal on its own and does require surgery to be repaired. However, unless the hernia threatens to become an emergency, surgery may be postponed, particularly in the case of younger patients with epigastric hernias. If you have an epigastric hernia, a consultation with Dr. Mark Reiner, experienced hernia specialist in NYC, is the first step to determining the best treatment plan for your needs.

If you are suffering from an umbilical or epigastric hernia, the first step to improving your health and getting back to your regular pain-free life is to schedule a consultation with an umbilical & epigastric hernia surgery specialist. Dr. Mark Reiner is a top surgeon in the field of minimally invasive hernia repair, and has performed thousands of successful laparoscopic hernia operations. Contact Dr. Reiner today by calling 212.879.6677 or filling out the form on this page.

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