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A 22-year-old male asked:

Is a hard lump after umbilical hernia surgery (open repair) normal? i've had it for ten months now.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jacob Petrosky
General Surgery 10 years experience
Scar tissue: Hi, this lump you are feeling can be from many things, including scar tissue, a persistent fold of skin, or stitch. Many times after surgery, the skin overlying the hernia does not shrink and can feel like a lump or thicker than your other skin. Another possibility is a suture granuloma. Depending on how it was repaired, you may be feeling a suture that is designed to be slowly absorbed over time.
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Dr. Theresa Henderson
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Lump after surgery: A lump in the area where you had your surgery is most likely scar tissue. The thing to do is check with your surgeon to be sure. It is. Not. Unusual to have firm scar tissue like you have described.
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Last updated Jun 14, 2021

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