Adult Umbelical Hernia?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2012
Adult Umbelical Hernia?
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 1:47pm
I'm a 22 year old female,
about 5'4 120 pounds.

I was 18 when I had my son and with my small frame I got BIG.

After the birth of my son my belly button seemed like it just decided to stay half out, and due to the size changes from pre pregnant to way
pregnant, I chalked it up to that infamous baby body I was doomed with.

3 Years after the birth of my son at my gyn appointment the doctor pointed it out and said "you know that's hernia right? you should get that checked out"

Well no, I didn't know? I have had issues with horrible abdominal pelvic pain, do you think this is contributing to it?

I've read adult hernia is
unsafe because it won't fix itself?

I have no insurance, is this something I need to get done?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Sat, 01-07-2012 - 7:55pm

Hi and welcome.

I am not a medical expert at all, but I can share with you what I have found from researching umbilical hernias.

From what I have been able to find I would say that any pelvic pain you are having is unrelated to your umbilical hernia. Any pain resulting from the hernia would be experienced pretty much directly in the area of the hernia itself.

You are correct that umbilical hernia in an adult will not correct itself. Is it dangerous? Well, yes, it can be. If the abdominal contents that are sticking out into the hernia become trapped and can't get back where they belong, the circulation to that tissue can be cut off, causing extreme pain and even death of that tissue. You then have a surgical emergency.

It is too bad that having no insurance is even a factor in getting needed medical attention, but of course it is. I think it is important to talk to your doctor, though. By examining you and maybe running a few tests he will be much better able to assess the risk of not having surgery. If your hernia is small and can be easily pushed back, he may feel it is safe to wait, but it is usually recommended to have surgery as soon as possible after the hernia occurs. Be totally honest with him about your financial concerns. He may be able to help you find affordable care or get help with the cost.

Please keep in touch and let us know what happens. And don't hesitate to ask any other questions you might have.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2012
Sat, 01-07-2012 - 11:00pm
Thank you very much, I will keep you all informed of what happens.

It really is a shame to need health insurance for things. =/