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I had laparoscopic surgery a week ago. Now there's a tiny bump next to my belly button incision its painful. Should I be concerned or just healing?

I had laparoscopic surgery a week ago. Now there's a tiny bump next to my belly button incision its painful. Should I be concerned or just healing?

Surgery: Although this will probably turn out to be nothing worrisome, a good rule of thumb is that anytime something unexpected happens after a surgery, you should talk to the surgeon who performed the procedure. This will often prevent complications. Don't delay. Call him or her now. Good luck. ...Read more

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An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more


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I noticed hard lumps under my skin where I had laparoscopic surgery for total hysterectomy 6 months ago is this normal?

I noticed hard lumps under my skin where I had laparoscopic surgery for total hysterectomy 6 months ago is this normal?

Scars: Hello! Thanks for your question! If these lumps are exactly where the instruments went through, these likely represent scar tissue, which is quite normal after these surgeries. ...Read more

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It's been a month since I had laparoscopic surgery and I still have stitches sticking out of the incision sites. Shouldn't they have dissolved by now?

It's been a month since I had laparoscopic surgery and I still have stitches sticking out of the incision sites. Shouldn't they have dissolved by now?

Yes and No: If they were dissolving stitches the part of the stitch embedded in the skin will dissolve and the rest of the stitch won't. Just pull the exposed stitch out like plucking a chicken
If they are not dissolving then have the MD remove them.
Ask your surgeon ...Read more

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Had laparoscopic surgery few weeks back incision is starting to heal form crust but one of them is very itchy what should I do? I am afraid to scratch

Had laparoscopic surgery few weeks back incision is starting to heal form crust but one of them is very itchy what should I do? I am afraid to scratch

Likely normal: Patients frequently complain of itching of incision sites during the healing process. This is normal as long as you don't have redness or drainage from the wound. It should go away over time. You're right not to scratch it as during the early healing process scratching and abrasion to the wound could lead to infection by introducing bacteria into a fresh wound ...Read more

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Is it normal for the incision to pooch out ward from a laparoscopic surgery?

Is it normal for the incision to pooch out ward from a laparoscopic surgery?

No: This is not normal, you may have a hernia in the incision, have your surgeon check this. Other possibilities exist, infection (area will be very tender, red, and may be draining fluid), non-infected fluid may also accumulate, the surgeon will be able to help you. ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery 3 days ago. They used dermabond to close the incisions and my umbilical incision just opened and is bleeding. What to do?

I had laparoscopic surgery 3 days ago. They used dermabond to close the incisions and my umbilical incision just opened and is bleeding. What to do?

Dry sterile dressing: Put a dry sterile dressing over it. The incision will heal no differently (except taking a bit longer) than if the skin edges stayed together. Nevertheless, let your surgeon's office know as soon as they open. Meanwhile, if there is drainage of pus-looking material, the wound gets red or bleeding is more than just a few spots on the dressing, then let your doctor know as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery a week and a day ago. My naval incision never bled until my post op apt yesterday when my gyno pulled the top of my naval.?

I had laparoscopic surgery a week and a day ago. My naval incision never bled until my post op apt yesterday when my gyno pulled the top of my naval.?

Unclear question: If the site is not bleeding now, let it be and it will heal. If it is continuing to bleed, you should give your doctor a call. ...Read more

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What option is better for a 10cm complex cyst. Open incision (like c section) or is a laparoscopic surgery safe? I need a 10cm and 4cm cyst removed.

What option is better for a 10cm complex cyst. Open incision (like c section) or is a laparoscopic surgery safe? I need a 10cm and 4cm cyst removed.

Laparscopic surgeon: A Laparoscopy in the hands of a skilled surgeon who does this all the time is the preferred approach to ovarian cyst management unless there is a concern for the presence of carcinoma. ...Read more

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Are probiotics safe with an OPEN WOUND following laparoscopic surgery. I’ve read that an open wound can become infected at incision with probiotic use?

Are probiotics safe with an OPEN WOUND following laparoscopic surgery. I’ve read that an open wound can become infected at incision with probiotic use?

My understanding: Is that the risk of wound infection may be reduced in those taking probiotics. The hypothesis is that promoting "healthy bacteria", presumably found in probiotics, may minimize the damage done by pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria causing wound infection. I would check with your surgeon, but my thought is probiotics are likely OK in this situation. Stay well:) ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery 7 days ago. The steri strips fell off my navel incision and inside my navel there is what seems to be dark dried blood.?

I had laparoscopic surgery 7 days ago. The steri strips fell off my navel incision and inside my navel there is what seems to be dark dried blood.?

Not unusual: Not unusual unless you are having additional symptoms like too much pain, fever, abdominal distention. ..etc. In which case you need to see your surgeon. If just dried blood, wash it with soap and water. ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery about 2 1/2 weeks ago. When I get up or move belly button incision will sting. Sometimes my incisions sting. Is this normal?

I had laparoscopic surgery about 2 1/2 weeks ago. When I get up or move belly button incision will sting. Sometimes my incisions sting. Is this normal?

Very Normal: Usually, the belly button incision can be the largest one that's made, and has the strongest stitches into the surrounding muscles to keep them together until they heal. As you get more active, those muscles contract and pull on the stitches, giving a sharp, stinging, or shooting pain. It's your body's signal to say that what you're trying to do physically, it's not ready for. If stays, see Dr ...Read more

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Why am I still having sharp stabbing pain were I had laparoscopic surgery five months ago were one of my incisions is at?

Why am I still having sharp stabbing pain were I had laparoscopic surgery five months ago were one of my incisions is at?

See below: That much discomfort five months after surgery is not normal. Things that come to mind would include a hernia at the trocar site or adhesions. In any event, please consult with your surgeon and have the site examined. ...Read more

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I got to have a laparoscopic surgery on my stomach when I was will be able to have the laparoscopic surgery, or just one large incision?

I got to have a laparoscopic surgery on my stomach when I was will be able to have the laparoscopic surgery, or just one large incision?

Laparoscopic: If your surgeon talked to you about laparoscopic surgery then the plan is to start laparoscopic and continue that way unless something is found that requires a larger incision. Most stomach operations are now done laparoscopically. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had to have a laparoscopic surgery on my stomach when I was will be able to have the laparoscopic surgery, or just one large incision?

What do you advise if I had to have a laparoscopic surgery on my stomach when I was will be able to have the laparoscopic surgery, or just one large incision?

Laparoscopy: Not entirely clear what you are asking, however your surgeon should be able to answer that question the best; laparoscopy has come a long way, and many surgeons are very fascile... It has proven great advantages over the 'large incision' surgeries in many fields, but remember that the final outcome eventually counts, regardless of the technique used... Best of luck! ...Read more

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A week ago I had Laparoscopic surgery done and the incisions are healing fine but there is clear liquid coming out of my belly button. Should I worry?

A week ago I had Laparoscopic surgery done and the incisions are healing fine but there is clear liquid coming out of my belly button. Should I worry?

Depends: How long after surgery is it? Could be an infection but if it's clear and does not smell, it should be OK. I would see your surgeon just to make sure. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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4 mths post OB/GYN laparoscopic surgery. Incisions (pelvic bone) super itchy. Tried lotion, ice, heat. Is this normal? What else can be done?

4 mths post OB/GYN laparoscopic surgery. Incisions (pelvic bone) super itchy. Tried lotion, ice, heat. Is this normal? What else can be done?

Exam: Surgical incisions often itch as the skin is healing. If it appears to you there may be signs of infection then schedule a visit for an examination. Typically no treatment is needed if the incision is healing well and just itches. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with ovarian cyst and I had a laparoscopic surgery on Monday but now I'm bleeding I'm not sure if it's a period or not and I also have a stabbing pain underneath the belly button where the incision was made?

I was diagnosed with ovarian cyst and I had a laparoscopic surgery on Monday but now I'm bleeding I'm not sure if it's a period or not and I also have a stabbing pain underneath the belly button where the incision was made?

Not even a week: A lot of times during laparoscopic Gyn surgery a uterine manipulator is placed to assist in visualization. This can cause some spotting. The camera is typically placed through an incision in your belly button which certainly would be sore. Contact your Gyn surgeon to confirm that your symptoms are expected based on the surgery performed. ...Read more

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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

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I had laprascopic surgery 2 weeks ago now I have this sharp pain in one of my incisions with stitches...Will this go away and how long will it last?

Varies: As skin numbness resolves at a healing incision site, a tingling and sharp burning feeling may occur. This resolves over a few days. If you still have visible stitches, it is likely time to have them removed as they can cause skin irritation too. ...Read more

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I feel something hard underneath my belly button after laparoscopic surgery. Is this normal?

I feel something hard underneath my belly button after laparoscopic surgery. Is this normal?

Can be: Firmness at a healing scar can be normal for several months after surgery. If you are concerned see your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a cervical cerclage via laprascopic surgery 2 days ago. I have 5 incisions & my stomach is very swollen & I have gained 3kg. Is this normal?

I had a cervical cerclage via laprascopic surgery 2 days ago. I have 5 incisions & my stomach is very swollen & I have gained 3kg. Is this normal?

Call your surgeon: This could be a couple things, such as intestinal distension from something called an "ileus", usually associated with no flatus, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. Or could be internal bleeding, which may be associated with dizziness, pale skin, low urine output. Or could be normal postop course. Call your surgeon today to help you sort it out. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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