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Laparoscopic belly button incision

2 weeks ago I had a laparoscopic tubal ligation. My belly button incision really upsets me. I used to have a normal/deep innie belly button. Now I have literally like an outtie. I have cried over this worried it will look like this forever. The hard lump in my belly button is not sore but it should not be there! Will this go away?
  • Female | 24 years old
  • Complaint duration: 15 days
  • Medications: None
  • Conditions: No

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The umbilicus is a common site for placement of instrumentation during laparoscopic procedures. After surgery, swelling will cause the tissues to bulge temporarily. Usually within 6 weeks the swelling and scar tissue in the umbilicus will subside and the belling button should return to its preoperative appearance. Although a hernia is possible, your description is more consistent with swelling and scar tissue than a hernia.
Daniel Calloway
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You appear have an umbilical hernia. This is when fatty tissue protrudes through a small defect in the fascia which presumably was caused by the laparoscopic cannula. This can be repaired. I would recommend a board certified plastic surgeon to do this after a time of healing.
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Be patient. Healing is an ongoing process s that takes 12 to18 months to mature. If at the end of that time you are still displeased consider options offered by your surgeon or another consultant,

In the interim "be good to your self".
W. Ray Henderson
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Do not cry and do not worry at this point. It is probably fluid/blood buildup raising the skin; this will resolve in the next few weeks.

Too early to tell if it is a hernia, less likely, this can be fixed later. However watch for S&S of incarceration; pain, nausea, vomiting and distention.
Mohammad S. Amawi
Difficult to say based on the info provided. It is very common to have swelling after surgery , just like if you sprained your ankle and your ankle swells. It can take weeks for the swelling to go down. Other possibilities include the closure of the muscle. Infection or an early hernia. You need to give it more time to go down. If after 4-6 weeks it is still bulging talk to your surgeon.
Erik Borncamp
What you are seeing is the start of an umbilical hernia. I would give it a good 3 months and if it doesn't go away you may need umbilical hernia repair.
Arian Mowlavi
The belly button or umbilicus is a scar and when operated on, such as for a laparoscopic port placement, it will heal very firm initially. Over time this will calm down, however, close follow-up with your surgeon is needed to determine if there is another cause of swelling, such as a hernia.
It is far too early to be worrying about this. Give it time (months) and go back to talk to your surgeon. You should be having follow up anyway.
Tracy E. McCall
This seems to me as a possibility of a foreign body reaction, such as after a stitching material. Highly advise to go see the surgeon who did the procedure.
This could be just some swelling from your surgery that will subside in time or a small herniated fat from inside your abdomen through the laparoscopic incision. I would definitely talk to your surgeon about it to make sure it is not a hernia.
Farhad Rafizadeh