Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
130 Doctors are Online

Does removal of umbilical mesh via hernia surgery cause any risks?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General Surgeon
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 5770 Questions
My husband is scheduled for hernia surgery to remove a umbilical mesh that is wearing through his navel. They are going to remove the mesh (I believe it is infected and you can feel it pushing through his navel. I'm very concerned about how effective is removal and just stitching the abdominal muscles will be, complications that can occur from infection and how successful this surgery is.
Tue, 5 Jun 2018 in Lump
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 22 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Usually it is effective.

Detailed Answer:

Thank you for the query.

Umbilical hernia is usually repaired without a mesh. What can happen when someone tries to fix it using a mesh, your husband knows the best. It irritates tissues causing chronic inflammation (not infection) and ends with mesh removal.
Stitching umbilical hernia is usually effective if a patient is not obese. When stitching, the tissues should be doubled (creating two layers). After such surgery, lifting, coughing or even pushing on stool should be prevented. In such conditions, the risk of recurrence is around 5%

Hope this helps.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Does removal of umbilical mesh via hernia surgery cause any risks? 9 minutes later
What if he is somewhat obese ? Overall, my husband is normal size except for the gut area that is considerably larger than his hips
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Obesity is a risk factor of hernia recurrence.

Detailed Answer:
Well, than there is higher risk that this surgery will fail and the hernia will recur. Much more reasonable is to lose weight first, and after that have it repaired (but in his case, the mesh must be removed).
So in conclusion, he should wear a hernia belt after the surgery and hopefully the stitches will hold, however the chance is 50%.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a General Surgeon

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor