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Dr. Timothy ColeSurgery

What are the Symptoms of an Umbilical Hernia in Adults?

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An umbilical hernia most often causes a bulge, or swelling, at the “belly button”.
Discomfort at the site of the hernia can sometimes occur; often the hernia is simply a painless bulge.
The hernia can cause pain, especially if it is incarcerated or strangulated.
With strangulation, there is usually more severe pain at the site of the hernia.  Sometimes there is nausea, vomiting and distention of the abdomen.
With strangulation, it is common to have redness or other discoloration of the skin over the hernia.
Umbilical hernias in adults are most often repaired surgically.  With symptoms of strangulation, the hernia should be evaluated immediately by a physician.