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Should a tummy tuck help with a chronic belly button infection?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ly Phan
Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Hmmm

Unlikely. Need to find the infection and eradicate it.

In brief: Hmmm

Unlikely. Need to find the infection and eradicate it.
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phan
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: If excess skin/moist

If there is excess skin and moisture around the belly button, a tummy tuck may help.
However, as stated, if the infection is due to a patent persistent urachal cyst or sinus, it shouldnbebtreated first.

In brief: If excess skin/moist

If there is excess skin and moisture around the belly button, a tummy tuck may help.
However, as stated, if the infection is due to a patent persistent urachal cyst or sinus, it shouldnbebtreated first.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Matthew Schulman
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

It really depends on the cause.
You should be seen by a surgeon to determine what is causing your persistent infections.

In brief: Maybe

It really depends on the cause.
You should be seen by a surgeon to determine what is causing your persistent infections.
Dr. Matthew Schulman
Dr. Matthew Schulman
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

I'd much prefer that issue to be treated and resolved before doing the tummy tuck.

In brief: No

I'd much prefer that issue to be treated and resolved before doing the tummy tuck.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Randy Stevens
A chronic umbilical infection should be treated. Most can be managed with attention to details. Keep the area clean and dry always. Keep any clothes away from area. Don't place unclean clothes on it as that will cause infection to recur. If you have ascites see your doctor because a umbilical infection can be lethal.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Chronic infection

You may have a congenital duct or cyst to your belly button.
This may cause a complication of healing of your umbilicus during healing of a tummy tuck. Please consider discussing it with your plastic surgeon or a general surgeon.

In brief: Chronic infection

You may have a congenital duct or cyst to your belly button.
This may cause a complication of healing of your umbilicus during healing of a tummy tuck. Please consider discussing it with your plastic surgeon or a general surgeon.
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No, because umbilicus is not excised during standard tummy tuck, instead it is threaded through a hole which is made after excess skin is excised.
In fact, unless the umbilicus is completely excised during the surgery (another option) a wound infection may develop if tummy tuck is performed while the infection is still present.

In brief: No

No, because umbilicus is not excised during standard tummy tuck, instead it is threaded through a hole which is made after excess skin is excised.
In fact, unless the umbilicus is completely excised during the surgery (another option) a wound infection may develop if tummy tuck is performed while the infection is still present.
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Dr. Irina Kovatch
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