Tomorrow I am off to the hospital for keyhole surgery on an umbilical hernia. Tomorrow is a day that I am really not looking forward to. I am not a big fan of hospitals and even less of a fan of surgery, however routine it is supposed to be. I am not a big fan of being unconscious around people that I do not know and even less of a fan of being unconscious around people I do know, I value my eyebrows and dignity far too much for that.
To say that I am not looking forward to tomorrow would be an understatement, though I do realise that it is a necessity, especially if I am going to keep up with the running, losing weight and generally getting fit and healthy again. Also having a belly button that is sticking out, like that of a heavily pregnant lady, isn’t all that appealing to live with either.
Congenital umbilical hernia is a congenital malformation, common in infants of African descent. Among adults, it is three times more common in women than in men; among children, the ratio is roughly equal. An acquired umbilical hernia directly results from increased intra-abdominal pressure caused by obesity, heavy lifting, a long history of coughing, or multiple pregnancies.
Well seeing as I’ve not got a long history of coughing or multiple pregnancies it must have been a combination of being a chunky monkey and heavy lifting.
A ‘paraumbilical (or para-umbilical) hernia is a protrusion of the intestines or gut into the abdomen through a weak point of the muscles or ligaments near the navel. It can lead to discomfort when fatty tissue gets trapped and a lump can be felt or seen. Whilst they are not usually life-threatening, routine surgical treatment is usually advised to prevent enlargement or strangulation of the gut.
More information on it can be found here http://www.nnuh.nhs.uk/docs%5Cdocuments%5C38.htm#umbilical