I was born with a birth defect called, Gastroschisis.(Born with Intestine on the outside of abdomen.) Because of this I have no belly button, accompanied with scars. I also cant gain weight. I'm 95lbs with zero abdominal fat. I have never been to a doctor for a consultation. So before I do that; I would like a professional opinion on here. I'd like to know what you think my options can be to creating a normal looking belly button. Any advise will greatly be appreciated. Thank You.
I Have No Belly Button. What Are my Options? (photo)
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I Have No Belly Button. What Are my Options?
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An umbilical reconstruction can be done with the tissues of the abdomen, even in presence of the olds scar. Good luck.
Creating a belly button after gastroschisis repair (umbilicoplasty)
It looks like you have a great figure. Your scar is good after gastroschisis repair but could be improved with revision. During revision of the linear scar a reasonable belly button could be contoured. This is a pretty straightforward procedure, but find a surgeon who has done this a few times to maximize your chance for a good result.
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Your belly button anatomy has been obliterated by your gastroschisis surgery. The belly button is simply the remnant scar of the umbilical stalk connection the fetus to the placenta. A facsimile of the belly button can be potentially created by producing a attachment between the skin and the underlying abdominal fascia at a level that produces a hooding effect simulating a belly button.
Robin T.W. Yuan, M.D.
Reconstruction of the navel
The Reconstruction of the navel is a surgical plastic procedure. I suggest to look for a plastic surgeon who will evaluate the problem and will select the best technique for your clinical case.
Claudio Bernardi, MD
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