Most umbilical hernia surgeries are done at Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center. From check-in through recovery, we put your child’s safety and comfort first. The operating suites are specially designed for children who need day surgeries and are healthy. Your child’s planned procedure is less likely to be delayed because complex emergency surgeries aren’t done here.
Hernia surgeries take place at the Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center on most Fridays (3 Fridays and 1 Monday a month). On surgery day, you and your child should plan on spending about 3 hours at the surgery center, from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave.
The induction rooms (where your child gets anesthesia), operating rooms and recovery rooms are next door to each other. This means you’ll be able to be with your child right up until they are rolled into the operating room – and again as soon as they open their eyes in a private recovery room. Most children can go back to school 1 to 2 days after surgery.
Your child cannot be treated at Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center if:
- They are 3 months old or younger
- They have a health problem that could increase their risk of side effects or complications while under anesthesia
In these cases, hernia surgery is performed at Seattle Children’s main campus in Seattle.