An umbilical hernia occurs due to a defect in the abdominal muscle layers beneath the umbilicus (belly button). It usually results in a lump which can be felt below the skin. Once discovered, it is advisable to have an umbilical hernia repaired.


This procedure is usually done laparoscopically via three small incisions on the left of the abdomen. The muscle defect is sealed by applying a soft polypropylene mesh over the inside of the defect and securing it to the abdominal wall.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the operation take?

About 45 minutes.

How long will I be in hospital?

You will usually spend one night in hospital and go home the next day.

When can I go back to work?

You will need to be off work for ten days.

When can I resume normal activities?

Dr. Marr advises no driving or physical activity for ten days. After that, you can do whatever is comfortable.

How long will I have pain?

Pain varies, but you will usually require painkillers for between two and ten days after surgery.

What about the dressings?

There are dissolving sutures under the skin which you won't see. Leave the dressings on for two weeks. They are waterproof, so bathing or showering is okay.

Will I need a follow-up visit?

You will need to come back for a short follow-up visit two weeks after surgery.