A hernia is the abnormal bulging of an internal organ (usually the intestine) through a tear or weakness in the abdominal wall. Many people suffer no pain or symptoms from hernias. However, hernias become potentially serious if the intestine becomes trapped in the balloon-like sac formed by the bulging area. The surgeons at Estrella Surgical Group have specialized training in both open (traditional) and minimally invasive (laparoscopic) hernia repair techniques.

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical hernias are most common in infants, but adults can also experience them. They appear as a bulge in the area around the belly button.


Some symptoms may include:

  • A soft bulge over the belly button that may go away upon lying down

When tissue inside the hernia becomes strangulated, it can lead to a potentially life-threatening condition and requires emergency surgery. Symptoms include:

  • Sudden abdominal pain
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • The bulge is swollen, discolored or tender

Seek medical treatment immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.


To diagnose an umbilical hernia, the doctor conducts a physical examination. Sometimes an ultrasound or an X-ray may be performed.


Estrella Surgical Group offers both open and laparoscopic hernia repair options. We will carefully evaluate your hernia before recommending a type of surgery.

"Open" hernia repair: Surgery is performed through a small incision at the base of the bellybutton. The herniated tissue is put back in place in the abdominal cavity, and the opening in the abdominal wall is strengthened with artificial mesh and stitched closed.

Laparoscopy: A laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair is performed through several small incisions using a laparoscope that allows the surgeon to view the hernia and surrounding tissue while making the repair.