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Belly Button Blood Scalp Hanging from White String? (photo)

Had a TT with a hernia repair on my belly button 6 weeks ago, I have a blood scalp on my belly button hanging from a white string. Still draining liquid, no puss or green but enough to stain my binder and body shapers. Also stink.....bad. Is it normal? is it going to fall off?

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This appears to be a dead belly button; see your plastic surgeon.

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6 weeks post-op is significantly past the time for umbilical skin to survive or die, and this photograph shows dead umbilical skin atop what looks like nonviable umbilical stalk dermis.

It may not be draining pus, but the odor corresponds with bacterial contamination, as does the redness of the living skin surrounding the dead umbilical stalk.

You should see your surgeon promptly; this requires surgical debridement and antibiotic coverage. The final result will likely be just fine as others have said, but not if this is neglected. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen


Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Belly Button Blood Scalp Hanging from White String?

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From the description and posted photo you have necrosis of the umbilical tip. Seek immediate medical debridement and care/treatment.

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Belly Button Blood Scalp Hanging from White String? (photo)

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I agree with the other doctors...Your belly button will not survive and will need to be trimmed off....That is the smell you are noticing too...The good news is our belly buttons kind of did the same thing when we were little kids so in the end you may have a pretty normal looking BB but it does deserve some attention and your doctor will know what to do...

John J. Corey, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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I really can't make out what this is, and I think a visit to your surgeon is in order. I am quite certain that this does require his/her attention.

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