Umbilical Hernia and Paraumbilical Repair


A paraumbilical hernia is an area of weakness around your umbilicus that adults are more likely to develop. An umbilical hernia is an area of weakness in your umbilicus (naval) that often develops in children. 

A paraumbilical or umbilical hernia is a common type of abdominal hernia. The wall of your abdomen at your umbilicus is naturally weak and, the contents of your abdomen can more easily push through it and produce a lump called a hernia.   

Paraumbilical hernia repair surgery is usually recommended for adult paraumbilical hernias due to the possibility of it becoming strangulated. The size of the hole in the abdominal wall is often small and has a relatively high risk of your hernia becoming trapped and the blood supply getting cut off.

The majority of umbilical hernias will close spontaneously within a year.  If the hernia persists beyond the age of 4 or 5 years or it is large, umbilical hernia repair may be recommended. 

Paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair is surgery to put the paraumbilical or umbilical hernia lump back into its correct place and strengthen the weakened area of your abdominal wall to prevent the hernia from reoccurring.

What does the paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair surgery involve?

Paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation typically takes about 30 minutes. It can be performed by open or laparoscopic surgery.

Your surgeon will make a larger cut for open surgery or two to four tiny cuts for laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery near your naval and push the hernial sac back into your abdomen. They will then close the weak spot with stitches or, a synthetic mesh that will reinforce the weak spot.

For an umbilical hernia repair the weak spot in the abdominal wall is usually closed with stitches.

For a large or paraumbilical hernia, a special mesh may be used to strengthen the area and prevent the hernia returning.

The cut is then closed with dissolvable stitches or special surgical glue.

What complications can happen after the paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair surgery?

Complications are rare and seldom serious. They can include: serious bleeding, infection of the wound or mesh, damage to your bowel or other abdominal organs, chronic pain, collection of a lump of seroma fluid under your wound and, the return of your paraumbilical or umbilical hernia.

What is the cost of the paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair surgery?

If you decide to pay for your treatment, Ramsay offer an all-inclusive Total Care package, where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price, delivering direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance. You can also spread the cost of your treatment with finance options available.

The paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair surgery may be covered by your medical insurance policy. We advise you to check directly with your insurance provider and get written confirmation before commencing treatment. 

How soon will I recover after the paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair surgery?

You can usually go home the same day as your hernia repair surgery.

Most people are able to do light activities after one to two weeks once the wound is healed. 

Children can expect to be off school for about a week and they should not take part in sports and games for a further two weeks after they return to school.

Adults who have paraumbilical hernia surgery can usually return to work after a week or two, unless their job involves manual labour which will require more time off. You should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for the first four to six weeks.

Paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair with Ramsay Health Care 

Here at Ramsay Health Care, you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands for your paraumbilical and umbilical hernia repair. We have expert surgeons who regularly perform these abdominal hernia surgeries and, who will advise you of the best course of treatment for your or your child’s hernia.

Contact us to book an appointment. 


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