Regarding: "I'm 32weeks pg w/ my 3rd & last child, I developed an umbilical hernia while pg with #2. It never went away & many times is very painful. It has been suggested to opt for a c-section this time around to have the hernia repair done.
My question is two fold: A) is it simply better to wait 6-8weeks postpartum for the repair or B) is there another route other than forced c-section to fix after delivery, if the lap surgery is out patient & I'm there anyway can it be done next day" .
No surgeon would advise you to have an elective umbilical hernia repair while pregnant. Per your history, this hernia appeared during you previous pregnancy and should have probably been repaired before your present pregnancy. The only reason for operating on this hernia before delivery would be the hernia being caught up (incarcerated) and especially if associated with possible tissue death (high white count etc). operating you otherwise could pose a serious threat to the baby.
While the "I'm there anyway " theory is attractive and convenient, it does not take into account the anatomy and physiology of a recently pregnant abdomen and the needs of the baby. There is swelling of the abdomen and of vessels making surgery needlessly bloody. such surgery can result in complications that could deprive your baby from you in a very important bonding phase.
it would be much safer to repair the hernia in a few months when your weight has stabilized. should you want to, it could even be repaired as part of a Tummy Tuck to give you your before the babies figure.
Dr. Peter a. Aldea