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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


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Hi I have a small lump around my bellybutton. I've read that it could be a hernia.

Hi I have a small lump around my bellybutton. I've read that it could be a hernia.

Yes: A lump by the belly button can be an umbilical hernia. See your doctor for an examination. A small umbilical hernia with no symptoms can be observed. Growing or uncomfortable umbilical hernias can be repaired with a minor surgery. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing pain inside and around my bellybutton. It appears to be red and maybe have a lump on the inside. Any ideas?

Infected bellybutton: Debris and hair can get trapped deep in a bellybutton to cause an infection or abscess. The other possibility is an umbilical hernia. See your pcp for treatment. ...Read more

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I have a hard pea sized lump that can only be felt by putting my finger in my bellybutton. It's painful and it just started yesterday. Any idea?

I have a hard pea sized lump that can only be felt by putting my finger in my bellybutton.  It's painful and it just started yesterday.  Any idea?

Nodules: It may be a little infected cyst. I would apply moist heat snd this should cause it to come to a head and discharge. If it persists I would see a doctor ...Read more

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I have a small hard lump on the wall of my bellybutton after a cholecystectomy. Its hard and hurts when moving but no pain when sitting, what is it?

I have a small hard lump on the wall of my bellybutton after a cholecystectomy. Its hard and hurts when moving but no pain when sitting, what is it?

Depends: If your laparoscopic cholecystectomy was recent, it may just be normal scarring. It may also be an incisional hernia. Regardless, make an appointment to see your surgeon. He/She can examine you and make some recommendations. ...Read more

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I had keyhole appendectomy 3 weeks ago, the bellybutton scar is a bit puckered & there's a hard lump under the scar at right end. Will this lump go away?

Most likely...: After a surgical procedure there is always healing tissue forming and it may be swollen and hard at one point. It usually resolves after a few weeks. However in some cases hard tissue may remain and stays there permanently. If the surgery is very recent it is hard to tell how it will finally heal. If very concerning make sure you f/u with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had lap surgery for gallbladder removal. 5 mo. PO. I still have minor bellybutton pain on occasion. Is this normal. No lumps or bumps.

Umbilical pain. : 5 months post laparoscopic cholecystectomy. You should not have umbilical pain. You might have an umbilical hernia. Have your surgeon look at it. ...Read more

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I scratched my belly button because it felt itchy, one day a lump in the inner ring of my bellybutton.If i touch it pain appears and irritation.bad?

Skin Irritation: A carbuncle is a lump in the skin from infection. It develops randomly. Treated with incision and drainage. Need to have an exam . Maybe be an small hernia within the Belly button. Get an exam and start feeling better. ...Read more

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Lump in bellybutton. Pain when pressure is applied. Umbilical hernia? I have doc appt. in less than 24 hours. Safe for me to wait until then??

Lump in bellybutton. Pain when pressure is applied. Umbilical hernia? I have doc appt. in less than 24 hours. Safe for me to wait until then??

Probably: Some pain with a hernia is normal. If you are having fevers, nausea/vomiting, or the skin over the hernia is red/purple and you are having a LOT of abdominal pain then you need to go the ER. Otherwise it's okay to wait. Keep an eye on it, and try to push it back in if it pops out. Wearing a back brace that gives abdominal support might help as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is it if I have a lump above my belly button?

Hernia: You might have a ventral hernia. It is just a slight defect in the abdominal wall and most people live with hernias without having any serious complications. Show it to your doctor on your next visit. Ask if s/he thinks it should be fixed by a surgeon. ...Read more

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Why is there a hard lump under my belly button?

Why is there a hard lump under my belly button?

Hernia: Many people get a hernia in or next to the belly button. It is usually not a serious problem as long as it is not painful and soft. If the site gets red or tender or hard, it could mean a complication that needs immediate attention. Arrange to get checked by your doctor soon. ...Read more