What is umbilical hernia surgery?

Umbilical hernia is a condition when due to the weakness of the abdominal wall an opening is created, making it possible for a part of the intestinal tissue can enter into this opening. Surgical correction in Džepina Clinic solves umbilical hernia problems when they cause aesthetic problems, pain and/or entrapment in patients. In the early stage of umbilical hernia it is necessary to monitor the condition regularly, but only surgery is the solution for each hernia because hernia will never spontaneously recede.

Muscles and muscle sheaths form the abdominal wall on which contains natural openings. Those openings on the abdominal wall prone to hernias are located at the navel and groin. Also after various surgical procedures in the abdomen, other potential openings appear. Both types of openings can be an outlet for tissue or organ, most commonly the intestine or abdominal tissue. A part of the intestine enters the created opening, and the intestines can become trapped, in which case urgent surgery is needed, so that the intestinal tissue does not die.

Who are the candidates for umbilical hernia surgery

Each hernia increases over time and can cause problems, especially when tissues in hernia become incarcerated, preventing the bulging tissue from returning into abdominal cavity. Hernia entrapment is accompanied by severe pain and vomiting, and if left untreated can lead to ruptured bowels and major problems.

Since surgery is the only solution, Dr. Džepina recommends umbilical hernia surgery to patients in order to repair the problem so that it does not get worse in the future. Patients receive all the information about this surgical procedure before the operation, physical examination and preoperative lab tests are also done before the operation. Dr Džepina will give you detailed instructions about the postoperative course.

Umbilical hernia repair procedure

Umbilical hernia surgery in Džepina Clinic is performed under general anaesthesia, and depending on the complexity, it takes about an hour. The operation begins by making a semicircular incision in the upper half of the umbilicus to close the opening through which the bulge occurred in the umbilical region using muscle or synthetic mesh, and sometimes both techniques are used. This mesh will prevent intestinal tissue form bulging through opening again. The mesh will be integrated in the abdominal wall over a period of several weeks. When the healing process is complete, then that area is finally firm preventing future herniation.

Classic surgery involves a single incision in the area where the bulge of tissue from the abdominal wall occurred. Synthetic mesh is inserted to reinforce the weak part of the abdominal wall. The new generation synthetic nets are dual and very effective as a method of closing the opening so that the recurrence of hernia is minimised.

In addition to the classic operation, there is also a laparoscopic method of closing the umbilical hernia. This method makes a couple of small incisions to insert instruments and a video camera. The advantage of this method is the speed of recovery and less pain after the operation, but the procedure itself takes a bit longer.

Recovery after umbilical hernia surgery

Recovery after umbilical hernia surgery is simple and easy. In Džepina Clinic, patients receive detailed instructions to make the recovery process relaxed and painless.

Patients can get up immediately after the operation, and after the operation there is a normal feeling of pain in the area of the incision, for which analgesics are used. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, patients can leave the clinic on the second day or on the doctor’s recommendation in a few days. After leaving the hospital, patients return to their normal activities relatively quickly. Return to work follows after a week, two or longer depending on the type of job. If patients are engaged in heavy physical work, a return to work is recommended in 4 to 6 weeks.

Patients can walk lightly in the first phase of recovery, and with more intense physical activities and lifting weights, they must wait until recovery is complete. Dr. Džepina advises a quality and healthy diet that is rich in fibre to keep the stool tidy and to avoid straining of the abdominal wall.

Patient experiences after umbilical hernia surgery

Umbilical hernia surgery solves health problems, but also an aesthetic problem that can cause patients discomfort. After the operation, patients can be more relaxed in their daily activities without the fear of complications.

The cost of umbilical hernia surgery

Džepina Clinic provides patients with more payment options in order to choose the way that suits them best. See the price of umbilical hernia surgery, as well as the prices of all other procedures in the price list of the Džepina Clinic.

Actual results after umbilical hernia surgery

The results of umbilical hernia repair in Džepina Clinic are evident in stable abdominal wall after surgery and minimal possibility of recurrence. Aesthetic aspect of the navel is also preserved by using semicircular incision that is located in the navel.


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