How is an umbilical hernia surgery performed?
An umbilical hernia surgery is usually performed by a general surgeon. Depending on the condition of the patient, the surgeon might use one of the three types of anesthesia,
- Local with sedation
- Regional (spinal injection)
Prior to the surgery the patient
- Undergoes blood tests and imaging tests.
- Must not eat or drink 8 hours prior to the procedure.
- Must check with the doctor before taking any regular medications.
- Must inform the doctor of any allergies.
- An anesthesiologist administers anesthesia and monitors the patient’s vital functions during the procedure
- The surgeon makes one or more incisions in the skin next to the umbilical hernia.
- The surgeon gently pushes back the protruding intestine and abdominal tissue back in place.
- The surgeon may cut out dead tissue if it is a strangulated hernia.
- The surgeon repairs the hole in the abdominal muscle wall with stitches.
- The surgeon may also use a mesh for support.
- The incision is then closed with sutures.
- The patient will be monitored in the recovery room for a few hours.