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i just found out my 9 week old has to get a herna removed from his bellybotton. has anyone else gone though this. what can i expect

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Amanda - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son (8 months old) just got diagnoised with an umbilical hernia (belly button one) too. The doctor said that they form during pregnancy, and its the abdominal muscles not closing over the intestines during development. Most doctors will only repair it during infancy if it is causing the baby pain and discomfort. Otherwise, it should disappear by 1 year old. Most doctors have a range of 4-7 years, if it is still not closed up, they would surgically repair it, with that very simmple surgery, that lets the child go home within a few hours.



With my little guy being 8 months when he was diagnoised, I somehow doubt his will close up by a year. It does not seem to cause him any pain, so it will likely be that one where the doctors wait and see for years on end, and hopefully it will go away on its own.



(I was diagnoised with the same umbilical hernia when I was a teenager, and they say they are far more painful for them - it's never caused me any problems, and I have never had to have it repaired, even though it is still present. Maybe I'm just a fluke to what normally happens)

Shari - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son also had a herniated bellybutton... the doctors said as long as it was not hard or infected they would not do anything til about 2 yrs old. So everyday I would push on it gently and it would squish in and he seemed to be no discomfort. By the time he was 7-8 mos old it was gone and he has a normal looking inny bellybutton. Good luck.

Karen - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son had surgery when he was in infant. It ended up being a hernia. he was fine. recooped very fast.. babies do.. The worst part is just the fact that they have to put them under, and not knowing the effects that it will have on them coming out. Side affects very... but kids/babies are very recilant.

Melissa - posted on 03/18/2009

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My twins boys both had hernias in theur belly buttons at birth. We were really worried but the pediatrician said they would resolve themselves in time and if it hadn't by the time they were one then she would look into removing it. By the time they were 6 months they were both gone!

Tanya - posted on 03/18/2009

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is your son having any treatment that the hernia could affect from working? it will be done by keyhole surgery, so little scarring will occur. nothing to be worried about

Angela - posted on 03/18/2009

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y are they removeing it already by son was born with the same thing and my doctor told me that if it did not go away before he was 7 years old then we would talk but my son is 18 months and his is just about gone is it affecting his health



 

Vicki - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son had an inguinal Hernia at 5 weeks, but it resolved itself thankfully.. however, i had a friend whose daughter had a hernia in her bellybutton.. the doctors advised them to wait,and in most cases, the hernia will go away.. it looks freaky for a little while, but (And this litte girls hernia was on the large side) it did go away.. i don't know your particular circumstances, but i would ask the doc if surgury is absolutly necessary..

User - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son also had the inguinal hernia (on both sides) he had surgery when he was 5 months old and was in and out of hospital in the matter of 4 hours and was rolling around that same night. I was pretty stressed out about the surgery its hard to think of your little one going off w/ the nurses, but everything went smooth and was a lot better than what I had thought!

Pamela - posted on 03/18/2009

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I have not had this exact experience. I did have to have my one month old have skin tags surgically removed from her ears. (This was years ago.) My point being: it's scary but it will be okay. Hang in there!
Best,
Pamela

Kim - posted on 03/18/2009

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My youngest son had to have a hernia repair but it was an inguinal hernia. (in the groin). His hernia was actually allowing fluid to go from his abdomen into his testicles....he was miserable when this would happen. The surgery was easy and he recovered quickly. The best thing I can tell you is to ask as many questions as you can. You need to feel comfortable with everything that will happen. So make sure you know about pre-op and post-op care. I'm a nurse so I was a little more comfortable than most people with surgery. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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