What is the role of cosmesis in the surgical repair of abdominal umbilical hernias in children?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Although excessively wrinkled skin can appear cosmetically troublesome, elasticity and growth usually corrects the problem because the skin incision lies within the umbilical fold. In cases with severe redundant skin, removal of a circle of skin and peritoneum to access the hernia, followed by a purse-string closure, provides an excellent cosmetic result. A pressure dressing is applied for several days after repair.


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