Belly button after umbilical hernia surgery - Doctor answers

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


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I had umbilical hernia surgery 4 weeks ago. I now have a hard lump in the area of the belly button/just above. Second repair with mesh. Is this normal?

I had umbilical hernia surgery 4 weeks ago. I now have a hard lump in the area of the belly button/just above. Second repair with mesh. Is this normal?

It is probably: Healing or edge of mesh at this stage, recurrence or infection is unlikely. Show it to your surgeon, just to be sure. ...Read more

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Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

Had a small umbilical hernia repair (no mesh) done a month ago. The lump above my belly button is still kind of squishy, like it was pre-surgery.

You should have: Your surgeon take a look at it, if you are concerned about your post op status. Sometime, especially in men, a condition called diastasis can mimic hernia recurrence. ...Read more

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Umbilical hernia surgery 2 moths ago, small very tender lump beside my belly button tender to touch and movement. But the bump comes and goes?

Umbilical hernia surgery 2 moths ago, small very tender lump beside my belly button tender to touch and movement. But the bump comes and goes?

Recurrence: The first thing that comes to mind is a recurrence but this could be a granuloma which is a reaction to a stitch or even a seroma which is a fluid collection. I recommend t to go see your surgeon so he can examine you and see what the problem is. ...Read more

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3 months post umbilical hernia repair-is it safe to get a belly button piercing anytime soon? I just really wanted one by the summertime!

3 months post umbilical hernia repair-is it safe to get a belly button piercing anytime soon? I just really wanted one by the summertime!

Go ahead: Once your surgical scars are healed, it should be fine to get a belly button piercing. The piercing doesn't affect what's going on inside at all. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia repair with mesh 5 months ago. I am a runner. Recently I have felt 2 bumps near my belly button. Has my hernia come back? :/

I had umbilical hernia repair with mesh 5 months ago. I am a runner. Recently I have felt 2 bumps near my belly button. Has my hernia come back? :/

Maybe not: I am assuming the repair was done open, not laparoscopically? The bumps may be related to the suture they used to sew the mesh into place, especially if you are skinny. That will eventually go away- although it may take months depending on the suture they used. There is always a chance of hernia recurrence, though. ...Read more

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I had umbilical hernia repair march 8. It is march 28 and I still have that black bruise above belly button. It hurt. Incision is in belly button, why?

Should see surgeon: A bruise should be improving by 20 days after surgery. You should see the surgeon if you haven't seen him or her recently so they can look at it. The black/blue/purple area could be the skin of and around the belly button that had its blood supply affected by the surgery. In rare cases, the surgeon may need a second procedure to revise this. ...Read more

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Intermittent left side pain near belly button. I am day18 post op open umbilical hernia repair and gallbladder removal pain scale 8 neg fever or vomi?

Intermittent left side pain near belly button. I am day18 post op open umbilical hernia repair and gallbladder removal pain scale 8 neg fever or vomi?

May be normal...: It is common to have intermittent pain following umbilical hernia repair, and this is mostly determined by the extent and type of repair. Patients often have intermittent shape or "pulling" sensation that may extend several inches to either side of the umbilicus for a few weeks after repair. Check with your surgeon to make sure there's no other issue. ...Read more

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I had surgery 6 m ago umbilical hernia there is a hard lump in my left side off the belly button?

I had surgery 6 m ago umbilical hernia there is a hard lump in my left side off the belly button?

Scar, mesh, hernia?: The hard lump could possibly be scar tissue, or the hernia may have recurred (come back), or it could be mesh or the knot of a suture.

If the bulge is painful and gets larger when you strain your abdominal muscles, then the hernia may have come back (not likely, though possible).

Your surgeon or a physician can examine the lump and let you know which they think it is. ...Read more

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Sm reducible umbilical hernia above belly button. No pain. 4 kids. A 1 yr old I need to lift. No help. Surgery or wait. Can lift after lapriscop?

Most of umbilical: Hernias do not need surgery as they are very small barely admits tip of pinky. Yes surgery is needed for larger symptomatic hernias to prevent incarceration, and after surgery you can do every thing including lifting kids, speak to your doctor if you need it or not. ...Read more

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I have a very tiny umbilical hernia in my belly button less than 1cm in diameter. Will I need surgery?

Maybe not: If the hernia gets larger or causes much pain, then you should have it fixed. Since it does not seem that there are intestines caught in the hernia, then it is probably ok not to have surgery now. It would be best if a doctor examined the hernia in person. ...Read more

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Why after 1year from umbilical hernia surgery do I feel pain shooting from bellybutton to scrotum when I stretch my body and arms upwards towards sky?

Why after 1year from umbilical hernia surgery do I feel pain shooting from bellybutton to scrotum when I stretch my body and arms upwards towards sky?

Hernia pain?: 22 M asks: Why after 1year from umbilical hernia surgery do I feel pain shooting from bellybutton to scrotum when I stretch my body and arms upwards towards sky? ANS: Without talking to you and examining you I cannot help with this. I recommend you talk to your surgical team about this issue as they now you best. But sounds like a problem and you should see them. ...Read more

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Can you have stomach fat or lipo done at the time of hernia repair surgeries? Port site and incisional umbilical hernia?

Can you have stomach fat or lipo done at the time of hernia repair surgeries? Port site and incisional umbilical hernia?

Bad Idea: Incisional hernia repair is almost-always done with mesh. Mesh infections can be devastating complications. Increasing the incisions in the abdominal wall by liposuction could increase the risk of mesh infection. In contrast, an andominoplasty ("tummy tuck") can sometimes be combined with hernia repair. ...Read more

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After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

After umbilical hernia surgery, how long should I expect the pain to last?

Depends: Severe pain should be gone by 72 hours. By a week or two you should be able to do most activities with little pain. Discuss with your surgeon how long they would like you to limit how much you lift. ...Read more

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What is seroma?? is this common after umbilical hernia surgery??

What is seroma?? is this common after umbilical hernia surgery??

Collection of fluid: A seroma is a collection of fluid (serum). The serum is the liquid part of your blood (as opposed to the cells) and is similar to the fluid that is inside a blister. Seromas can occur after any surgery and can resolve without treatment although sometimes the doctor will draw out the fluid. If it is causing a lot of discomfort, return to the doctor for treatment. DO NOT TRY TO DRAIN IT ON YOUR OWN. ...Read more

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How much blood under tagaderm is normal after umbilical hernia surgery?

How much blood under tagaderm is normal after umbilical hernia surgery?

Small amount: May be seen under tagaderm dressing, due to skin oozing, call your surgeon and go for follow up visit. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more


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Umbilical Hernia (Definition)

This is a hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button, the location of the umbilical cord during fetal development. It usually closes by itself as it fills with scar tissue. Infants with a hernia here usually resolve by age 4-5. Adults may develop a hole here for unknown reasons, and will see a lump under the skin ("outie") where intra-abdominal contents have ...Read more