Belly Button Hernia In Adults: Symptoms, Treatment And Recovery

Belly Button Hernia In Adults Causes

A hernia occurs when the part of an organ or a tissue bulges out from its normal place. Belly button hernia in medical terms is referred to as umbilical hernia. Belly button hernia in adults results due to weak muscles of abdominal wall.

The three reason of umbilical hernia in adults can be classified as 1) A person having weak abdominal wall muscles since birth. 2) The area around the umbilicus of the abdominal muscles may have become weak with ageing. 3) The abdominal muscles may have weakened due to injury or surgery.

Belly button hernia is 5 times more common in women than in men. The patient is usually corpulent and between the age of thirty to fifty years. Obesity in women with flabby abdominal muscles and repeated pregnancy are important precipitating causes of belly button hernia in women.

Ascites (fluid in abdomen) commonly seen in cirrhosis of liver may also cause pressure on the abdominal wall, leading to belly button hernia.

Symptoms of belly button hernia in adults include a bulge in umbilicus or navel, the size may vary, it can be felt on pressing the navel, and the bulge recedes on pressing.

The bulge becomes more visible on bending, coughing, lifting or sneezing.

A large belly button hernia causes a local dragging pain by its weight.

Pain in abdomen and is due to traction of stomach or intestine.

Often there are transient attacks of intestinal colic due to sub-acute intestinal obstruction.

In old standing cases the adjacent skin area becomes red, swollen and often bluish.

Strangulation of a loop of intestine is a frequent complication seen in large belly button hernia in adults.

Treatment of Belly Button Hernia In Adults

The hernia increases in size if it is untreated, more and more of its contents become stuck. Eventually, strangulation may occur. Therefore without delay surgical correction should be done to prevent complications.

If the person is obese and the hernia is symptomless, operation can be postponed with advantage until weight has been reduced. During this period patient can take home remedy such as slippery elm in chamomile tea, a paste of slippery elm can be mixed in chamomile tea and sipped daily twice. This herbal remedy helps in cases of belly button hernia by strengthening the weak muscles. American ginseng and aloe vera juice is also beneficial.


  1. Ppeter said:

    I am 17 and I have had the case of belly button hernia for the past 11 years. Is there any non-surgical cure to this problem?

    January 21, 2012
  2. JS said:

    I am 53, have a belly button hernia for 15 years since I got a lap gall bladder surgery. It is now hard, red and sore what should I do?

    August 28, 2013
    • PUP said:

      If the belly button hernia has become hard and sore, you must consult your doctor, because there is a risk of it getting strangulated.

      August 29, 2013
  3. Sherry said:

    My friend is 76 years old. He has belly button hernia which sticks out like the size of an average thumb. No redness but there is tenderness. Is there any risk of bowel strangulation?

    October 23, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Belly button hernia or umbilical hernia is one form of hernia which projects out from umbilicus. In the beginning it is small, but after a period of time it becomes enlarged. There is a risk of such enlarged hernia to get strangulated. As a precautionary measure you have to consult your doctor. Surgery may be necessary in some cases.

      October 23, 2013
  4. Kathy said:

    Is there any remedy for an overweight person having a hard round hernia?

    April 23, 2014
    • PUP said:

      The best remedy is to reduce your weight. A hernia results when the content of abdominal cavity slips through the weak muscles and protrudes to form a sac. Usually correction with surgery is the best solution for repairing hernia. A truss can provide temporary support.

      May 8, 2014
  5. Nico said:

    I have a belly button hernia and it sticks out about 5cm. How can it be cured without surgery?

    May 26, 2014
    • PUP said:

      The most effective treatment is surgical repair. However if the hernia is small, many people may simply like to observe for few months. During this period try to reduce your weight is you are obese. Wearing a supporting band around the umbilicus may help to reduce the hernia. If there is associated pain or risk of entrapment of intestine or if the hernia is large, most doctors recommend surgical repair as the only viable treatment for getting complete relief from the problem.

      May 28, 2014
  6. Sandra Lira said:

    Hi I have a belly bottom hernia. What could happen if they do not undergo any treatment procedures?

    June 13, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Over a period of time the hernia may become large in size if left untreated. You may suffer from constant pain and discomfort. Also there is risk of intestinal obstruction, in which case an emergency surgery may be required.

      June 16, 2015

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