An epigastric hernia is any swelling in the midline that is above the tummy button.

These hernias often can look unsightly when large. If it is large this type of hernia can be painful, but usually smaller ones cause no symptoms. If it isn’t causing pain, this type of hernia does not normally need surgery. However, it can enlarge with age and pregnancy so may need surgery (either open or keyhole) at some point. All epigastric hernia repairs are carried out under general anaesthetic . The anaesthetic is extremely safe and only highly skilled consultant paediatric anaesthetists are used at the Children’s Hospital. Including the anaesthetic , procedure and recovery time , you child is away from you for about 45 mins. Most children following an epigastric hernia repair can usually go home approximately 3 hrs after the procedure.

Complications after hernia repair are very rare and therefore this is not usually arranged. Contact details of the centre as well as the out of hours service are always provided following discharge in case of a problem.