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A 22-year-old male asked:

are there any arteries or veins connected to the navel (as an adult)? would it be safe to do surgery on the navel? would there be blood? thanks.

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Safe: There are vessels in every part of the body. Surgery is safe if done by licensed physician. Complications are rare, but surgeon will explain you the risks.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Only as Fetus: When the human baby (fetus) develops in the womb, it is hooked up to the placenta by the umbilical artery and vein. These vessels passed into the baby by way of the umbilicus. Once born, these vessels almost disappear, and by adulthood are only represented by the ligament of treitz. Surgery on the navel is safe and is a frequently used in laparoscopic surgery. Expect minimal blood loss.

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Last updated Apr 24, 2015

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