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I had my gallbladder removed through my belly button. My belly is swelling where the gallbladder use to be. Is that cause for concern?

I had my gallbladder removed through my belly button. My belly is swelling where the gallbladder use to be. Is that cause for concern?

Low liklihood: The gallbladder sits to right, up under liver.
Swelling of liver, or colon could occur in that area. If swelling is at surgical site that is different.
Let your surgeon know and check the area of concern. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What part of my organs is located to the right of my belly button and what could local hardening/swelling mean?

What part of my organs is located to the right of my belly button and what could local hardening/swelling mean?

Hernia, Appendix,: The sensation you are having could be many different things. It could be a hernia, or a lipoma – which is a benign fatty tumor under the skin, appendix –. Unlikely because it would be very painful, abscess or cellulitis- a skin infection that requires prompt attention & antibiotics. If the skin is red, swollen then it is a skin infection. In this case you need to see a doctor promptly. ...Read more

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Itchy swelling on my belly button?

Itchy swelling on my belly button?

Navel: The navel may itch due to yeast infection, contact dermatitis (soaps, lotions or piercings), eczema, hives, and stretching of skin during pregnancy. Bacterial infection is another possible cause. Umbilical hernia can be a reason for ^'ed protrusion. ...Read more

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I have a small area of swelling a couple inches to the left of my belly button with no pain, just a bulge. What could this be?

I have a small area of swelling a couple inches to the left of my belly button with no pain, just a bulge. What could this be?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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I have swelling by my belly button and it's tender and it's 2inlong and 2 in wide right side

See Doctor: Tough to say over the computer. It may be a small umbilical hernia or a cyst, or minor infection if you have a belly button piercing, etc. See the Doc and get an evaluation so the proper diagnosis can be made and then the best treatment will follow. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Swelling above belly button after gaulbladder removal but keyhole wounds are fine it's red and swollen?

Swelling above belly button after gaulbladder removal but keyhole wounds are fine it's red and swollen?

It maybe a sign of: Inflammation or infection. Clean the area with peroxide then apply neosporin. Follow up with your surgeon. If it worsens, u may need to take oral antibiotics. Take care! ...Read more

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My belly button hurts. Pain is slightly relieved when lying on back. Slight swelling in belly button but not around.

My belly button hurts. Pain is slightly relieved when lying on back. Slight swelling in belly button but not around.

Umbilical hernia?: Might be a tiny belly button hernia, especially if you have an "outie" belly button. Easy to fix with a mini-surgticakl procedure by a genearl or pediatric surgeon. Many pediatric urologists also do this kind of surgery. Certainly worth having it checked out.. ...Read more

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I have a slight swelling redness just above my belly button...pain when stretching. Otherwise no pain...i am 32 yes male?

I have a slight swelling redness just above my belly button...pain when stretching. Otherwise no pain...i am 32 yes male?

Umbilicus: The umbilicus is often the site of infection and this may cause the discomfort. Have the area cleaned with a mild soap and apply an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin or neosporin to see if the inflammation resolves. Consult your physician as needed. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized mass on my stomach about 1 to 2 inches to the left of my belly button that is noticeable only to touch. No pain or swelling?

There are an awful: Lot of potential diagnoses for your findings. Most of them are harmless. Unfortunately you can't be diagnosed over the internet without an examination and perhaps some testing. Seek the evaluation of a local health care provider. ...Read more

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Luq pain just below where ribs stop left of belly button 3-4" then up 1-3" swelling after meals there hurts. Had this come and go about a year now.

Luq pain just below where ribs stop left of belly button 3-4" then up 1-3" swelling after meals there hurts. Had this come and go about a year now.

H pylori: Your postprandial pain, pain after meals, may be from Helicobacter Pylori an organism that causes ulcers. Take Zantac (ranitidine) 150 see a gastroenterology get h. Pylori test for ulcers then get scoped if needed your GI will tell you if she wants to drive a camera into your stomach to see and maybe biopsy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had my belly button pierced 5 months ago, all of a sudden slight bleeding and yellowish pus no pain or redness or swelling

Had my belly button pierced 5 months ago, all of a sudden slight bleeding and yellowish pus no pain or redness or swelling

Infection: Even in the absence of redness I consider this to be an infection in the navel. Treat this with warm soaks, pat dry and apply an antibacterial ointment like neosporin. Wipe the surrounding skin with rubbing alcohol to prevent spread of bacteria there. If surrounding redness, swelling, fever, chills or continuing draining of pus occurs, see your physician for treatment. ...Read more

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7 weeks after C-section developed oozing from stiches, rash and swelling from belly button down to tighs. Rash is now all over my body? What can it be

7 weeks after C-section developed oozing from stiches, rash and swelling from belly button down to tighs. Rash is now all over my body? What can it be

Postop infection: I would be concerned for a post op infection - as 7 weeks after surgery - there should not be drainage / oozing from the incision. Redness is also a sign of infection. See your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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My belly button has swelling tenderness and redness around it. No odor but it leaks a pinkish discharge. What could it be?

My belly button has swelling tenderness and redness around it. No odor but it leaks a pinkish discharge. What could it be?

Probably: An infection, but you can have congenital persistent connection from umbilicus to internal organs. So have a doctor take a look at it. ...Read more

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Right lower ab squishy swelling starting in belly button for a week. Dull pain when moving, random sharp pain. Unusualy short heavy period?

Right lower ab squishy swelling starting in belly button for a week. Dull pain when moving, random sharp pain. Unusualy short heavy period?

RLQ pain: Right lower quadrant and belly button pain could be ovarian / appendiceal or other If this persists you have worsening discharge nausea fever etc I would speak to your PMD for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have swollen neck face 1 yr Thyrod is good Now whole body swelling raised stretch marks below belly button feel like stomach dropped look preg not?

I have swollen neck face 1 yr Thyrod is good Now whole body swelling raised stretch marks below belly button feel like stomach dropped look preg not?

Water retention: Other than thyroid the reasons for water retention need to evaluated, cardiac, liver, kidney or nutrition related. Talk to to your doctor. ...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