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Should I be concerned if I have hardness under belly button incision post gallbladder surgery?

Should I be concerned if I have hardness under belly button incision post gallbladder surgery?

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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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Please advise if it's normal after two years to bleed in the belly button from gallbladder surgery?

Please advise if it's normal after two years to bleed in the belly button from gallbladder surgery?

Not normal: This is not normal, and not expected. Someone with these symptoms should return to the surgeon who did the surgery if possible, or if not possible, a general surgeon familiar with gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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Pain around belly button 3weeks after gallbladder surgery. Been good till this week.?

See your surgeon: Pain at a laparoscopy site is part of the surgery, but it generally continues to improve rather than returning or worsening.
Evaluation needed. ...Read more

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Hard lump above belly button week after gallbladder surgery what could this be?

Hard lump above belly button week after gallbladder surgery what could this be?

Call your surgeon.: Anytime you have problems or questions in the immediate postoperative period, it is a wise idea to talk with the surgeon who performed your surgery. No questions are silly. It would be difficult for us to diagnose what that may be without being able to see it, however. The surgeon is in the best situation to diagnose it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can an incisional hernia occur above belly button after one week of gallbladder surgery?

Can an incisional hernia occur above belly button after one week of gallbladder surgery?

Possible: It may be just a collection of blood and fluid, wait couple of wks to till the wound heals and go for post OP visit to your doctor. ...Read more

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My belly button is bleeding and I just put mupirocin ointment on it I have had this happen several times since my gallbladder surgery in 2002?

My belly button is bleeding and I just put mupirocin ointment on it I have had this happen several times since my gallbladder surgery in 2002?

If your surgery: Was laparoscopic operation through your umbilicus, it could be a delayed infection or suture granuloma. Show it to your surgeon. I don't think it is anything deeper than your abdominal wall. ...Read more

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Had laproscopic gallbladder surgery; 4 incisions 3 days ago. Dr removed bandages but left gauze & waterproof bandage on belly button. Do I remove?

Had laproscopic gallbladder surgery; 4 incisions 3 days ago. Dr removed bandages but left gauze & waterproof bandage on belly button. Do I remove?

Incisions: Generally yes, it would be okay to remove it after 3 days, but not knowing specifically what was done with that incision, I would recommend asking your surgeon. ...Read more

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Lap gallbladder surgery a week ago bruise around belly button was yellow then green now getting purple in it and sore? Is this normal it was not sore?

Lap gallbladder surgery a week ago bruise around belly button was yellow then green now getting purple in it and sore? Is this normal it was not sore?

Normal: You are describing how a laparoscopic GB is performed. The approach to placing the scope requires severeal ports, one being near the umbilicus. At times when there is some of blood at the site under the skin, the hemoglobin breaks down with the sequence moving from purple to eventual yellow of the fial degredation to bile pigment. ...Read more

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I had keyhole surgery to remove my gallbladder 2 days ago. My stomach is swollen and tender near belly button. Is this normal?

I had keyhole surgery to remove my gallbladder 2 days ago. My stomach is swollen and tender near belly button. Is this normal?

Possibly: There is to be some expected swelling at the incision sites. You should however address these concerns with your surgeon at your post-operative visit. ...Read more

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Had laposcopic surgery for gallbladder removal & hernia repair in dec since I have had bad belly button odor that I never had. Is this related?

Had laposcopic surgery for gallbladder removal & hernia repair in dec since I have had bad belly button odor that I never had. Is this related?

Maybe: I presume you had laproscopic surgery via you belly button, you may have a small suture granuloma or an small deep area of non healing wound in your incision site, follow up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Pain around belly button after gall bladder removal surgery?

Pain around belly button after gall bladder removal surgery?

More Information...: It's hard to give an exact answer without more information, however if your surgery was done laparoscopically usually one of the incisions is made in or around the belly button for placement of the camera. Your pain might be because of this incision. Do you have an incision there? The best thing to do is contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had gall bladder surgery 3 weeks ago and now I am having pain in my left side above my belly button. Why?

I had gall bladder surgery 3 weeks ago and now I am having pain in my left side above my belly button. Why?

See Your Surgeon: It's very difficult to answer this without the benefit of the knowledge of your surgery or your physical exam findings. What I can tell you is that the gallbladder is usually removed from the abdomen thru the umbilical incision. Therefore, it is common to have pain there even three weeks later. ...Read more

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Can fatigue and belly button pain be normal 4 weeks after laproscopic surgery for endometriosis?

Can fatigue and belly button pain be normal 4 weeks after laproscopic surgery for endometriosis?

Yes: Feeling tired and having pain around the incision is normal. If there is redness, firmness or drainage around the incision, or if your are having fevers you should let your gyn know ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had gall bladder surgery a month ago. My belly button was an innie but is now an outie. When will it go back to normal? Can I do something to help?

Not sure: If you had the "outie" directly after surgery, it may be how the surgeon put the incision back together, and the only way to fix it is another surgery (only needed for cosmetic reasons). If it was an "innie" after surgery, but all of a sudden is an "outie", then you may have a hernia related to the surgery. ...Read more

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Surgery 9.dys ago bad pain left. Side. Of.belly button had lapro 4 ovarian cysts and lysis of adhesions from previous gall bladder s feel really bloated?

Surgery 9.dys ago bad pain left. Side. Of.belly button had lapro 4 ovarian cysts and lysis of adhesions from previous gall bladder s feel really bloated?

Schedule follow up: Usually people are feeling pretty normal 9 days after a laparoscopic surgery. If you are still having pain then it is important to schedule a follow up post op visit with the doctor who did your surgery to make sure all is ok. ...Read more

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My belly is swelling after gallbladder surgery months ago. Why is this?

My belly is swelling after gallbladder surgery months ago. Why is this?

Type of surgery: Difficult to answer without knowing if it was done laparoscopically or open technique. It should not happen months after surgery. There may be other reasons for it so consult your md and get ct scan of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Gallbladder surgery 2 months ago. If I use my abdomen to lift my kids gallbladder side get swollen. A little painful and cant sit straight. Normal?

Gallbladder surgery 2 months ago. If I use my abdomen to lift my kids gallbladder side get swollen. A little painful and cant sit straight. Normal?

Surgeon: Follow up with your surgeon. You may not be ready for strenuous activity. Sometimes surgery sites are associated with hernias. Have it checked and if unclear an ultrasound may help. I hope you recover soon. ...Read more

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Why is my abdomen super sensitive around my navel after gallbladder surgery. It's been 2 weeks?

Sensitive Navel: After any type of surgery, the incision (s)) normally get quite swollen and very sensitive. Pain with bending, turning, lifting, straining, coughing and sneezing can all beg rather painful for at least 2 weeks after laparoscopic surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a gallbladder attack after gallbladder surgery? Sometimes I get sharp pains out of no where on my right side of my abdomen.

Is it possible to get a gallbladder attack after gallbladder surgery? Sometimes I get sharp pains out of no where on my right side of my abdomen.

May be: Something else. How long ago was your surgery? If the surgery was recent then muscle and gas pains can come and go & sometimes can be worse with large or fatty meals. If the surgery was longer ago then see your family doctor for an evaluation as pains can come from many sources. ...Read more

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Had lapro surgery for ovarian cysts and lysis of afhesions from previous gallbladder surgery bad pain lft side of belly botton 9 dys ago what is it??

Had lapro surgery for ovarian cysts and lysis of afhesions from previous gallbladder surgery bad pain lft side of belly botton 9 dys ago what is it??

Abdominal pain: Get an evaluation. It is not clear when your latest surgery occurred. You could possibly have new adhesions. See your surgeon for an evaluation and ultrasound or cat scan of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Can passing gas after gallbladder surgery make belly area ache?

Can passing gas after gallbladder surgery make belly area ache?

Not typical: There is nothing in particular that would cause this. Unless you are actively pushing the gas out and thus having pain from your incision sites. ...Read more

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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more


Belly Button (Definition)

The belly button is the remnants of the umbilical cord. It is a central scar that forms in the location of the base of the umbilical cord, once ...Read more