ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
The Intra-Umbilical Approach in Umbilical Hernia
1 Department of General Surgery, Askale State Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey  
2 Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2014; 46: 32-35
DOI: 10.5152/eajm.2014.06
Key Words: Umbilical hernia, intra-umbilical approach, aesthetic
Abstract

Objective: To investigate the “intra-umbilical incision”, a smaller incision compared to classic incisions, in cases of umbilical hernia, and which we believe will contribute to patient satisfaction in aesthetic terms, and also the practicability of such operations.

 

Materials and Methods: The umbilical margins of eight patients with an umbilical hernia were marked between the levels of 6 and 12 o’clock, and a median intra-umbilical skin incision was performed between these two points. In some cases, where exploration could not be performed sufficiently, the incision was extended horizontally from 6 or 12 o’clock. Hernia repair and mesh placement was then performed using an intra-umbilical approach. 

 

Results: Patients were investigated according to the defect size and requirement for intra-umbilical incision extension. No requirement for intra-umbilical incision was encountered in six patients with a facial defect diameter smaller than 4 cm, while the incision had to be extended in two patients with defects greater than 4 cm.

 

Conclusion: The intra-umbilical approach in umbilical hernia surgery is aesthetically superior to classical approaches and is a practicable technique.

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