How Much Would It Be To Fix My Belly Button After Hernia Repair? (Photos)

I recently had a hernia repair done in June. I had an outtie belly button my whole life and now that I have had this repair done, the surgeon did something and tried to make it into an innie. Now it is basically an innie, but the skin comes down at the top as if it were a fat short tongue. Also it appears that the hernia is still there, however my doctor says - although possible, he does not think it is the case. He thinks it is scar tissue. I want it to look like a normal innie belly button!  How much would this cost and what procedure/s

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The umbilicus is centrally located in the middle of the abdomen. For this reason, it’s not unusual for patients to be concerned about it’s appearance.The umbilicus can be distorted for a variety of reasons.
Depending upon the cause of your umbilical distortion a variety of treatment options may be available.Although your pictures and history are helpful, it’s virtually impossible to make a specific treatment recommendation without a physical examination.For instance, it’s important to rule out the presence of a recurrent hernia in your case.
Depending upon the cause of the umbilical distortion the cost of correction may vary.In most cases the cost of correction of this problem will range between $1500 and $2500.

Belly Button Revision

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The costs of belly button revision like other cosmetic surgery varies considerably across the country and even in the same area. South Florida tends to have lower fees then more expensive areas such as New York or Los Angeles. We charge starting at $1000 + MD Anesthesia related costs (if needed) for belly button repair. Since you can get quality work at lower costs, patients will travel from throughout the state, the country, and internationally to have surgery in South Florida.

To ensure that you are receiving quality work at the most cost effective prices, consult with board certified plastic surgeons that own their own nationally accredited facilities. The quality must be maintained at the highest level to maintain accreditation. The surgeons also have incentive to hire and train quality staff (to ensure that surgery is efficient and enjoyable), to ensure comfortable and private facilities (to encourage referral), and to eliminate waste (to ensure that these facilities can compete effectively).

An person examination and consultation would be necessary to understand the scope of surgery.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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It may be some fat withing the belly button stalk

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Thank you for the photos.  Although a physical examination would be needed prior to definitive decision on a surgical plan it may be that you have some fat from your hernia within your belly button stalk.  The other possibility is that during your hernia repair the belly button stalk was positioned differently, perhaps slightly higher.  Both of these issues can be addressed under local anesthesia if you are willing to do so or of course under general anesthesia, with local anesthesia being less expensive.  The plastic surgeon fee will vary from surgeon to surgeon but should not be more than around 2 thousand dollars.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for the question and picture.

It will be of utmost importance to diagnose a recurrent hernia if it is present. It may behoove you to wait additional several months since you had surgery in June;  this waiting may help differentiate a recurrent hernia from scar tissue ( which tends to soften up with time) sees.

If in doubt regarding the presence of a hernia is 2nd opinion and/or radiologic studies may be helpful.

The procedure performed would depend on accurate diagnosis.

Best wishes.

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Hello Bellaelisa,

Correcting your innie is no problem and could be easily taken care of under local anesthesia in the office. It should not take more than $500. However, if your hernia has recurred, you need to have the appropriate studies done (ultrasound, MRI) to confirm. Hopefully, it will make things clearer for you. Best wishes, Dr. Horndeski

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