Umbilical hernia’s are relatively easy to diagnose before ever visiting a doctor’s office. The large bulge around your navel will be quite apparent. Umbilical hernia’s happen when something from the abdomen area slips out of place causing a lump or bulge in the area of the navel. It may contain fluid, part of an organ, or part of the abdomen tissue. They are caused normally because of a hole or weak are in the muscles of the abdominal wall. In some cases they can be caused simply due to the aging processes or an injury/surgery in the area. You may also be at a higher risk to have a hernia of any kind if other family members have had them in the past.
Umbilical hernia’s can happen to anyone at any age; however, they are more common in adult women then in men. There are some conditions that can increase your risk of having an umbilical hernia including being overweight, having a fluid in the abdomen (a condition called ascites), having a growth (benign or otherwise) in the abdomen area, being pregnant, extremely long labors, as well as multiple pregnancies.
The signs and symptoms of umbilical hernia’s vary from person to person. The most common sign is a distinct bulge around the navel area easily seen. It may also appear simply that a person is bloated or swollen around the navel area. You may also have a pain or burning sensation around the navel area with or without pressure applied. The pain may worsen with a cough, sneeze, or by lifting something. The skin around the hernia may be discolored from a light reddish color, to grey or even blue.
If the hernia is not treated serious problems can arise.
An incarcerated umbilical hernia may develop causing your intestine to become blocked.
A strangulated hernia may happen when a loop of your intestine becomes strangulated causing the blood supply to be decreased or even cut off to your intestines. IF it is not treated immediately, part of the intestine itself may die.
Most hernia’s are diagnosed by a physician through a physical exam and other tests such as x rays or ultra sounds. Unfortunately, in most cases the only solution to an umbilical hernia is surgery