Umbilical hernia repair surgery is performed on both infants and adults who suffer from umbilical hernias. Some doctors choose open surgery, which requires some cutting of the belly button and abdomen to get to the hernia. Dr. Lemus-Rangel also offers a second, less invasive option: Laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair surgery. This involves making small incisions in the skin above and below the belly button. The abdomen is then filled with carbon dioxide to give the surgeon visibility inside the abdomen. The surgeon then moves fat and other tissues to create room for the laparoscopy (a surgical camera). Next, the laparoscopy and other surgical tools are inserted into the abdomen to identiy and reduce the hernia (often in umbilical hernias, the hernia has a sac formed around it). Finally, the surgeon will tighten up the hole in the abdominal wall to prevent future herniation.