What is a supraumbilical hernia repair?

  1. I have too look up some surgeries for class. I have looked a lot of place and still cannot find what a supraumbilical hernia repair is. Can you help me out?
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  3. by   Daytonite
    an umbilical hernia is when tissue protrudes through the umbilical ring. "supra" is a medical term that means "above" and refers to the surgical approach that the surgeon is using to do the surgery. the surgery itself involves "the surgeon make[ing] an umbilical incision. the hernia sac and fascial defect are identified and dissected from surrounding structures. the hernia is reduced and the hernia sac may be resected [removed]. the hernia defect is closed with sutures. the incision is closed." [page 544, 2002 coder's desk reference]