My belly button came out during pregnancy and still hasn't gone in. Is this an umbilical hernia? (Photo)
Doctor Answers 2
Prominent belly button after pregnancy
Only an examination can tell you which it is.
The difference -
- A hernia appears when the tough fascia around the muscle tears apart, allowing intestines to come out and lie under your skin.
- A diastasis is stretching of the muscles and fascia but without tearing, so intestines stay where they belong.
- For a hernia, the intestines are gently replaced and both layers of fascia must be repaired.
- A a diastasis, only the front layer of fascia needs to be tightened.
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