Most umbilical hernias will close by 4 to 5 years of age without treatment.
Complications including incarceration, strangulation, and rupture are uncommon in children.
Elective outpatient repair is associated with a low recurrence rate.
Infection and bleeding are the 2 most common postoperative complications.
Compression therapy (such as abdominal binders) is not helpful and may be harmful.
Large umbilical hernia
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