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A 56-year-old female asked:

Can i develop scar tissue several years after laporoscopic surgery for a fibroid? i have a hard lump beneath belly button which i can feel when stand

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Dr. Azita Madjidi
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: If there are sutures left, they can become irritating and infected. However, your lump may not be a scar, it could be a hernia. You'll need to see your surgeon.
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 29 years experience
May be hernia: Lump beneath old abdominal surgery scars may be a hernia. It most commonly occurs when laparoscopic sites are not closed at the fascial layer and leave a weakened spot on the abdominal wall. Small hernias may be dangerous if a loop of intestine gets stuck and strangulates its own blood supply. It is recommended this be evaluated by your primary doctor or general surgeon.

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Last updated Jun 22, 2018

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