In most cases, the only notable symptoms of an epigastric hernia will be the presence of a somewhat large bump between your belly button and sternum. The size of the bump depends on how much fat or tissues have pushed through the abdominal wall. It’s possible that the bump will be so small that it doesn’t show up unless you’re coughing or sneezing. There are also times when the bump will become larger in size. Severe types of this hernia can cause pain and discomfort in the abdomen. If vomiting or a fever develops, treatment should be sought immediately.
While some cases of an epigastric hernia will be so mild that they don’t require treatment, all other cases can only be corrected with a surgical procedure. If you notice any of your symptoms worsening, you should schedule surgery as soon as possible. If surgery is necessary for your epigastric hernia, you’ll be provided with a dose of anesthesia before the procedure begins. Many surgical procedures for this type of hernia involve a simple laparoscopy, which uses minimal incisions. The incisions will likely be closed with sutures.