Personal stories about surgery for an umbilical hernia
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Jeannette, age 27: My baby was born with an
umbilical hernia that really wasn't too noticeable most of the time. My doctor
suggested waiting to see if it would go away on its own-and it did. By the time
Ross was 9 months of age, the hernia was gone. I'm glad we didn't try surgery
on such a little baby. I would have felt terrible putting him through that when
it just went away on its own.
Loni, age 33: Sierra, my little girl,
developed a large umbilical hernia around her first birthday. It was really
horrible to look at and scared her sometimes. Plus, she'd fiddle with it and
scratch it in her sleep. We waited a little while to see if it would get
better, but before her second birthday, we decided to have it surgically
repaired. It was really hard to do it, but I'm glad we did. She looks perfect
and we don't have to worry about it anymore.
Paco, age 41: My son, Johnny, had an umbilical
hernia that we noticed shortly after his umbilical cord stump fell off. It was
disconcerting to see it, but we decided that if the doctor wasn't too worried
about it yet, we wouldn't be either. It didn't change much over the next 2
years, but then finally went away. Since it didn't bother any of us very much,
it wasn't hard to try the "wait and see" approach.
Dustin, age 22: My daughter was born with
really big bulging skin around her belly button. It was awful-looking. It
scared me to even touch it. My wife and I decided there was no way we could
wait 4 to 5 years to see if it would go away. Once she got a little bigger and
stronger, we asked if she could have surgery. She had it and looks great now.
I'm glad that's over and she looks like a normal baby again.
Caroline Rea, RN, BS, MS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
January 23, 2008
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January 23, 2008
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