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Is It Normal for my Belly Button to Bleed 1 Week Post Tummy Tuck?

At my four day appointment the doctor changed my belly button dressing and it stayed white for a few hours. I am exactly a week out today and it is soaked in blood again. I called on Friday and got a nurse who said it was fine but the more I looked online I found nothing and it made me wonder if this is normal. I am going to call again this morning. Any ideas? Should it be bleeding at all?

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Tummy Tuck - Is It Normal for my Belly Button to Bleed 1 Week Post Tummy Tuck?

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It may be, but you should speak with your plastic surgeon to be sure.

At one week post-op it is by no means unheard of to have some fluid, whether blood, or serous fluid, or a mix - come out from any of the incisions.  It's actually pretty common.  I usually leave drains in for longer than one and so I expect to see fluid come out.

On the other hand, you have to make sure that the blood flow to the region is intact or, if compromised, that your surgeon is aware of that in case additional treatment is recommended (dressing changes, etc).  And that's nothing something you can reasonably decide on your own, or should have to

I would suggest that your call your plastic surgeon's office and speak with your surgery; going in to see him or her at this point may be a good idea.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E


New York Plastic Surgeon
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Yes

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Yes it could happen and it is ok.  I would visit the surgeon and ask his opinion. 

Andre Aboolian, MD
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This may be completely normal.  It is not unusual for incisions to weep a bit of blood occasionally.  If you are concerned, I would agree with your frequent visits to your surgeon.

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS
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