Belly Button Began Poking Out 3 Months Post Op Tummy Tuck, What Happened?

Hi there, I am 14 weeks post op from tummy tuck and I just noticed today when laying flat that a small piece of my belly button is poking an outy. I feel a small knot when I massage or feel around my navel. This has not been here up until now. What has happened? What do I need to do and what is this? Belly buttons give me the heeby jeebies anyway and this piece poking out has got to go!

Doctor Answers 4

Possible belly button hernia

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You might have a hernia near your belly button. I would have your surgeon examine you.

Best Regards,

John  Di Saia MD

Orange Plastic Surgeon

You may have developed an umbilical hernia

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It sounds like you may have developed an umbilical hernia causing your belly buttock to stick out whereas it did not before.  I suggest that you see your plastic surgeon to see whether you need surgical correction.  It does not sound like a serious situation, just an uncomfortable situation for you and cosmetic problem.

James Tang, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Umbilical Hernia?

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Thank you for the question.

Based on your description, it sounds like you may have an umbilical hernia. Evaluation by your surgeon is necessary.

Best wishes.

Protruding belly button after tummy tuck

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It sounds a bit unusual to have such a protrusion late after a tummy tuck.  It could be some soft tissue swelling which should resolve in several months.  Alternatively, you may have an umbilical hernia which will not resolve without surgical repair.  Please confer with you plastic surgeon.

All the best,

Talmage J. Raine MD FACS

Talmage J. Raine, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

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