Umbilical Hernia Complication

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vmchatters - March 27

I found out about a year and a half ago that I had an umbilical hernia. I was told by at least 3 different medical professionals that it would not be wise to repair it until after this next planned pregnancy as it might worsen during the pregnancy. I was assured on multiple occassions that it would not cause any problems during the pregnancy. Well here I am 15 weeks pregnant and having lots of pain and problems with this hernia. My OB said it is very large and will most likely require surgical repair before I get any bigger. She referred me to a surgeon who is "not afraid to operate on pregnant women". I can't find any info online or anywhere on hernia repair during pregancy. I'm concerned about risks for the baby of anesthesia etc. It also seems like a terrible time to repair a hernia...when the uterus is going to keep growing up and out thus putting pressure on the repair. Can anyone provide me with info? The only thing I could find online was emergency gall bladder surgery and emergency apendectomies. Both were advised only in extreme emergency and recommended that the second trimester was the safest time.

 

jennymac1006 - December 23

I am 15 weeks along as well. I have had an umbillical hernia for about 4 years. Having had it repaired once and coming back again, I gave up. Now, I find myself pregnant, the first Dr. I saw said that my uterus would push it back. I have now switched Dr.'s and am going to see what he has to say on the matter. I will write again, after the 12th of Jan. I do feel some discomfort on occasion. Just don't do to much lifting or straining. And don't eat too much, I find that when I over stuff it feels worse.

 

sarah - January 14

I also have an umbilical hernia and have been tring to decide if I should get it repaired b/f trying to get pregnant again. My OB thought it would be fine to get pregnant, yet the surgeon wants to operate. I f/u with both of them late Jan. BTW, I had bilateral ovarian dermoid cysts removed via regular surgery when I was 19 wks pregnant. I had a spinal instead of general anethesia due to the pregnancy.

 

jennymac1006 - January 15

Well, I went to the Dr. He informed me that unless I have any trouble with it, no one will touch it until after the baby. He said it would probably be best to wait until after I recover completely from the birth. He said the mesh repairs they do probably would do more harm than good and it would be an unneccessary procedure.

 

Ca__si - January 19

It is a relief to find some information about umbilical hernias and pregnancy. My hernia was found at the beginning of pregnancy. My midwife told me it would probably go away after my daughter was born. It never did. She is now 18 months old. It started causing problems recently mostly at night, so I'm planning on having it repaired. In the future, I would possibly like to have more children. Does anyone know if getting this repaired will prevent me from safely having another child? Good luck to all of you. Thank you.

 

jennymac1006 - January 19

Hey Ca__sie... I had my hernia repaired long before I became prego again. You should be fine, just give it time to heal.. Six weeks I hear is good. I didn't do that so the injury never quite went away. I firmly believe that mine was caused by my c-section from my daughter. ( I had a vertical incision). Just make sure to speak with your midwife/dr. before have it checked out to make sure it has had the proper amount of time to heal. Good luck!

 

Sarah - January 21

I f/u with my OB this week. He still says that he would prefer to wait until I am done having children to repair. He said mine is very small but he has seen many women with large hernias have no problems during their pregnancy. I really, really, really do not want to have surgery, so I may listen to him and not the surgeon.

 

lorih - May 28

I have no idea if you are still monitoring this post but I would wait until after you have all your children to have it repaired. I had an inguinal hernia repaired in 2000 and had my daughter in 2003. When they did the repair they put mesh in to fix the hernia. In pregnancy your tissue stretches but the mesh does not which causes your tissue to tear. It is excruciatingly painful and I am dreading going through it again to have another one. Of course I will live through it but I have never experienced something so painfull in my life.

 

jodieeede - November 6

I am 18 weeks pregnant with an umbilical hernia which is just beginning to cause me problems. There doesn't seem to be anything either the doctor or midwife can recommend for me and I am becoming increasingly concerned. Does anyone have any advice or experience with this problem? How much worse is it going to get??!

 

shgaikwad - August 3

I am 13 weeks pregnant with an umbilical hernia which is just beginning to cause me problems.I am very much worried about it .I am a working lady.Does anyone have any advice or experience with this problem? How much worse is it going to get??! Is it require to go for bed rest.

 

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