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Laparoscopic Paraumbilical Hernia Repair

There is a natural weakness in the abdominal wall behind the umbilicus, caused by the way babies develop in the womb. If the contents of the abdomen push through, this produces a lump called a hernia.

A hernia can be dangerous because the intestines or other structures within the abdomen can get trapped and have their blood supply cut off (strangulated hernia).

If the patient is under four years old the umbilical hernia will usually disappear on its own, however with older children and adults an operation will be required. 

Surgery to repair paraumbilical and umbilical hernias is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about half an hour.

Your surgeon will make a cut around your umbilicus and remove the hernial sac. Your surgeon will close the weak spot with strong stitches or a synthetic mesh.

You should be able to go home the same day or the day after. You should increase how much you walk around over the first few days after your operation.  You should be able to return to work after two to four weeks but this may vary depending on the extent of surgery and your type of work.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. 

Paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

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The Sefton Suite
Aintree University Hospital
Lower Lane
Liverpool
Merseyside
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551