D.r Ayad Al-Shakarchi Medical Center
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Most of the time, people worry about the idea of going through a surgery because of the risks and the pain.  So, our concept is to perform surgeries with minimal pain and complications with short recovery time through the use of an advance technology.  The services we offer are cost effective.
Our specialist surgeon, Dr. Ayad Al Shakarchi performs both minor and major operations.  Conditions like hernia, breast lumps, varicose veins, hydrocele, skin problems, gastrointestinal and thyroid diseases are few of his specialties.
 
With the avant-garde equipments and our doctor’s expertise in surgery, high success rate in the procedures we performed is attained.
 
Along with our aim to foster a safe and effective surgery, we also do various surgeries on an out patient basis for the patient’s convenience and comfort.
 
Hernia
 
An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through an opening in the abdominal muscles. Umbilical hernias are most common in infants, but they can affect adults as well. In an infant, an umbilical hernia may be especially evident when the infant cries, causing the baby  bellybutton protrude. This is a classic sign of an umbilical hernia. 
Most umbilical hernias close on their own by age 1, though some take longer to heal. To prevent complications, umbilical hernias that don not disappear by age 4 or those that appear during adulthood may need surgical repair. 
Umbilical hernia is a common and typically harmless condition. 
 
Symptoms
 
 An umbilical hernia creates a soft swelling or bulge near the navel (umbilicus). The bulge may range from less than 1/2 inch to about 2 inches (about 1 to 5 centimeters) in diameter. 
If your baby has an umbilical hernia, you may notice the bulge only when he or she cries, coughs or strains. The bulge may disappear when your baby is calm or lies on his or her back. 
Umbilical hernias in children are usually painless. Umbilical hernias that appear during adulthood may cause abdominal discomfort
 
When to see a doctor
If you suspect that your baby has an umbilical hernia, talk with your child  pediatrician. Seek emergency care if your baby has an umbilical hernia and:
Your baby appears to be in pain
Your baby begins to vomit
The bulge becomes tender, swollen or discolored
Similar guidelines apply to adults. Talk with your doctor if you have a bulge near your navel. Seek emergency care if the bulge becomes painful or tender. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications.

Causes
During pregnancy, the umbilical cord passes through a small opening in the baby  abdominal muscles. The opening normally closes just before birth. If the muscles do not  join together completely in the midline of the abdomen, this weakness in the abdominal wall may cause an umbilical hernia at birth or later in life.
In adults, too much abdominal pressure can cause an umbilical hernia. Possible causes in adults include:
Obesity
Heavy lifting
A long history of coughing
Multiple pregnancies
Fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites)
Treatments and drugs

Most umbilical hernias close on their own by age 1. Your doctor may even be able to push the bulge back into the abdomen during a physical exam. Do not  try this or anything like it on your own, however. Although some people claim a hernia can be fixed by taping a coin down over the bulge, this "fix" does not help and germs may accumulate under the tape, causing infection.
For children, surgery is typically reserved for large or painful umbilical hernias or those that:
Get bigger after age 1 or 2
Do not disappear by age 4
Become trapped or block the intestines
For adults, surgery is typically recommended to avoid possible complications — especially if the umbilical hernia gets bigger or becomes painful.
During surgery, a small incision is made at the base of the bellybutton. The herniated tissue is returned to the abdominal cavity, and the opening in the abdominal wall is stitched closed. Most people are able to go home within a few hours after surgery and resume typical activities within two to four weeks. Recurrences are unlikely.

 
 
 
 

 



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