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Belly Button Incision Infection
I got an infection in belly button incision after surgery. Am taking 2000 mg of keflex. When should it start getting better?
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
I have redness around my belly button incision. Does it mean I have an infection? I had a laparoscopic sterilization Wednesday. It's still painful.
I had a laparoscopic surgery 2 weeks ago and my belly button incision hasn't healed, it is white but no infection. What should I do for it to heal?
Don't worry: Will heal in wk or so, just wash with soap and water and place a dry dressing and call your surgeon for a follow up visit, you will be fine. ...Read more
I had a lap 4weeks ago almost and today my belly button smells awful and behind where it's still closed it's oozing pus. I noticed glue was still in I picked some off and it looked better but since it's deep could this be more than incision infection?
Return to surgeon: You need to return to the surgeon and be checked. This is the safest thing for you to do. ...Read more
I had gallbadder surgery last tues. Belly button incision started hurting bad. No red, not hot, no fever or no puss. Infection?
I had laparoscopic surgery a week ago. My belly button incision is painful and has some yellow thick puss sitting in it. Is there an infection?
Need To Be Seen: A small amount of drainage is not uncommon at the belly button following laparoscopic surgery. However, a superficial infection is possible. Common signs include redness, drainage, and tenderness. This diagnosis requires hands-on evaluation by your surgeon--schedule a follow-up appointment as soon as possible. ...Read more
Laparoscopic surgery 8 weeks ago/no complications. My incision in belly button started to sting when moving today. No fever or infection. What's up?
Nerves: Often, when cutting through skin and tissue such as during a surgery, the nerves in the skin, tissues, and muscles can become damaged. The tingling sensation may be caused by your nerves regrowing and healing. Scar discomfort and numbness is relatively common in the first year or so post-operative. It may take some time before you no longer feel this but is not something to worry too much about. ...Read more
I have an infection in the incisions on my belly button from gallbladder removal it is oozing puss and blood can I wait the two days until my scheduled appointment w surgeon? Also I have paid the $ but not receiving the services??
Retained stuff.: An innie can retain lint and dirt and water. The combination can cause breakdown of the skin in the canal and superficial infection. ...Read more
Cellulitis?: It is not uncommon during pregnancy and strectching of the abdominal wall to have pain and possibly even some redness at the belly button. If there is pain and redness, this should be evaluated by your doctor to make sure there is not an infection or bowel stuck in the hernia. ...Read more
See your doctor: He/she will listen to you, give you an examination, possibly order some tests, and provide answers for your symptoms. ...Read more
Depends: This depends upon your definition of contagion. Anyone touching the dressings, the wound or your skin can become a carrier of the same organism, but whether or not they will become infected depends upon a very diverse assortment of factors. ...Read more
Clean: By keeping the area clean and dry. You can use soap and water. Hibiclens is a antibacterial soap. You may need oral antibiotics from your dermatologist. ...Read more
Need more info: If you have a problem with an 8 week old she should be seen by a pediatrician for a diagnosis. The internet is not the place to try and solve a problem that requires an examination. Hope all is OK ...Read more
I have a haematoma after laparoscopy its right side between incision and belly button shud I be worried?
Gallbladder out 3 days ago. 4 incisions. Dr took 3 bandages off, my belly button still has gauze, big clear square bandage. Do I remove that?
You can remove it.: Remove it, wash it well with soap & water, rinse, dry & if dry no need to place any more dressing. ...Read more
Had my gallbladder removed 16 days ago. About how long for larger (belly button) incision to heal? Still pretty painful at times. Others look great.
Depends: On your nutritional status but n average 4-6 whks to completely heal ...Read more
My gallbladder was removed 4 weeks ago. My pain has increased lately around the belly button and incision close to there. Is this normal healing pain?
Maybe not related...: ...but if there is drainage, poor wound closure, redness and/or local tenderness, or pain as significant and progressive as you describe, then please ask your surgeon to take a re-look at the site. ...Read more
Its mean 5 weeks since I had my tubal the little incision on my belly button is now red, puffy, and just a little bit of white goo came out is it ok.?
See your doctor: See your doctor to get both formally diagnosed and then specifically treated. ...Read more
When was surgery?: For the first several weeks after surgery there can be some inflammation and "scar tissue" which presents as this. If there is redness increasing pain and/or discharge it may be infected. If it has been years since the surgery you may have a hernia there. Some cancers present as a mass in this area. There are so many things that it could be. You need to see a surgeon for a re-evaluation of this. ...Read more