An umbilical hernia repair is a relatively simple procedure that normally takes about 20 to 30 minutes. General anaesthetic is usually used so there's no pain while the operation is carried out.
In children, the weak spot in the abdominal wall is usually closed with stitches. If the hernia is large or in adults, a special mesh may be used to strengthen the area instead.
You or your child should be able to go home on the same day as the operation. You may feel a bit sore and uncomfortable while you recover.
You'll need to limit strenuous activities for a few weeks after the operation, and 1 or 2 weeks off school or work is often recommended. Most people are able to return to all their normal activities within a month of surgery.