A hernia is a weak spot or an opening in the abdominal wall where intestines or omentum can bulge into a hernial sac.  Umbilical hernia can be found, as its name indicates, around the belly button. Symptoms are pain and bulging near the area of the belly button.


The operation is usually performed under general anaesthesia. A small hernia can also be repaired under local anaesthesia. A non-absorbable synthetic mesh is usually used to repair the hernia. A small opening in the abdominal wall can also be repaired with non-absorbable sutures.


You may walk and move freely as allowed by the pain after the operation. Avoid sudden movements and physical effort, such as pushing, pulling, heavy lifting, and carrying for the duration of your sick leave.

Wound care

You can remove the folded bandages one day after the operation and take a shower.

  • A.  Absorbable sutures have been used to close the wound. You can go to thesauna, swim, or bathe after 2 weeks.
  • B.  Non- absorbable sutures have been used to close the wound. They      should be removed after about 10 days at your health centre, occupational  health unit, or health clinic (neuvola). You can go to the sauna, swim, or bathe one day after the removal of the sutures.

Pain management

A local anaesthetic agent is often injected into the wound area at the end of the operation to reduce postsurgical pain. You are recommended to take painkillers regularly for 1–4 days and after that when necessary:

Contact us

If you experience inflammatory symptoms (increasing pain, heavy swelling, warmth, redness, continuous wound discharge) or other problems, contact your health centre or treating unit.

  • Day Surgery Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Your own health centre or occupational health centre  
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