Umbilical Hernia Repair
This chapter describes the surgical procedure for umbilical hernia repair as performed by the open approach. The text includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, essential steps, needed equipment, and variations in technique for the procedure in question. This is followed by a template operative dictation, which provides the reader with an operative report, such as is found in a patient chart or electronic medical record. A description is provided of the following critical concepts for this procedure: skin incision, dissection, and reduction of the hernia sac, closure of the hernia defect by primary closure, and closure of the skin.