INTRODUCTION: Recently, placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt via a transumbilical approach has been reported. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Herein, we report the repair of an umbilical hernia via the same incision and introduction of the distal end of a ventricultoperitoneal shunt into the peritoneal cavity in 3 patients. A case illustration is included. RESULTS: Both hernia repair and placement of the distal end of the ventriculoperitoneal shunt were uncomplicated in our small case series. CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, simultaneous repair of an umbilical hernia followed by transumbilical shunt placement has not been reported. As umbilical hernias are so common in infants, this finding, based on our experience, should not exclude placement of peritoneal tubing in the same setting.