Toolkit: Pediatric Surgical Care
Pediatric Umbilical Hernia Repair
Pediatric umbilical hernia repairs are among the most common procedures performed on children, in Wisconsin and across the country. A recent best practice guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Choosing Wisely campaign advises that asymptomatic pediatric umbilical hernias should not be repaired until age 4-5 years, because many will close spontaneously. In Wisconsin, umbilical hernias have frequently been repaired at younger ages than in many areas of the country. Our goal is provide surgeons, primary care doctors, and parents with the tools they need to make evidence-based decisions about when to repair a child’s umbilical hernia.
On this page, you will find a recorded connected learning module for surgeons about best practices in umbilical hernia repair, which you can just watch or watch for CME credit. We also have a series of shorter resource videos for surgeons, primary care providers, and parents. Please feel free to share widely with your colleagues and patients.