If you have an umbilical hernia, you may notice a lump near your belly button. Having surgery to repair the hernia will mean the lump goes away. But your whole tummy won’t look flatter.
Everyone recovers differently from surgery. But you should be able to get back to most activities after a week or two. You should wait at least six weeks before you do any heavy lifting or strenuous activities. For more information, see the Recovering from umbilical surgical repair section.
An umbilical hernia in adults should be repaired as soon as possible. This is because there’s a risk that your bowel could get stuck in the hernia. For more information, see the About umbilical hernia repair section.
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