Epigastric and umbilical hernias result from a defect or weakness in the abdominal wall between the chest and the belly button. This weakness allows the tissues inside the abdomen to protrude, resulting in a bulge. Umbilical hernias are similar to epigastric hernias, except they form in and/or immediately around the belly button. Epigastric and umbilical hernias are typically present at birth, though often are so small that they go unnoticed. Over time, they can grow in size and become apparent decades later in life. 

Epigastric and umbilical hernias will never heal by itself and requires surgery to be fixed. However, most hernias are not dangerous and can be safely managed without an operation. When a hernia becomes symptomatic, usually with pain, nausea, or vomiting, it can represent the signs of a surgical emergency and should be evaluated by a medical provider.

Surgery to fix these types of hernias can be done in various ways and techniques to treat your hernia specifically. Our surgeons are highly trained in minimally invasive, or laparoscopic surgery as well as the traditional open approach utilizing a small incision on the skin over the hernia. Our experience with these techniques allow us to custom-tailor our surgical approach that suits your particular needs and your particular hernia.

For More Information

Adult Umbilical Hernia Repair (American College of Surgeons)