Our team of medical experts are ready to help

Your questions answered

Gary asked...

Umbilical hernia in a child...

I have read the factsheet for unbillical hernia in a child but is the recovery process the same as for an adult (40's) How long after before they can drive again, travel on a plane etc. Is the surgery in adults the same or does it get done as jeyhole?

  • mother-thermometer-doctor-at-hand

    Do you need to see a GP quickly?


    Would you like to speak with a doctor by video or phone at a time that suits you?

    Our Doctor@Hand service, delivered by Doctor Care Anywhere, offers a doctor appointment by video or phone at a time that suits you.

The answer

Umbilical hernia repair is usually done as a keyhole procedure unless the hernia is very large, then a larger incision may be needed. This will be assessed by your consultant. The procedure is normally done as a day surgery, unless you have any other underlying medical conditions that may require an overnight stay in hospital. Most people can gradually resume normal activities within one to two weeks of surgery, heavy lifting or strenuous activities should be avoided for four to six weeks.

It is suggested that you should avoid driving until you can perform an emergency stop without pain or discomfort, you can practice this without starting your car. This usually takes one to two weeks if no complications. Fitness to fly after surgery is the decision of your doctor. Hopefully this will help you,

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses