Bulge above "new navel" after diastasis repair? (Photo)

Im 1 day post op and I had muscle repair, but I'm not sure what kind of procedure was used. I have a cut inside my belly button, and I also have a very short cut on my bikini line. This was not cosmetic-so im very pleased that my muscles are back together but my dr said he was going fix my belly button because it had faded away-Can anyone tell me what this bulge is in my abdomen and what kind of procedure did I undergo&will this bulge go away? I was sent home w/o drain tubes or compressor

Doctor Answers 7

Post-op Concerns

You need to speak with your surgeon and get a detailed explanation about what you had done.  At that point you can decide if you are satisfied or, if not, whether you wish to obtain a second opinion.  Attempting to get this information online is unlikely to be beneficial.

Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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Postoperative bulge

It is impossible to tell from pictures alone, as well as the fact that we do not have the operative note of your procedure. Only your surgeon knows what was done during the time of the procedure. It could be skin gathering, fluid collection, breakdown of stitches, etc. You should call your surgeon to get evaluated because that is the only way to get a reliable answer here.Best of luck!
Dr. Subbio
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Christian Subbio, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question and pic.  Its difficult to assess without an examination but based on the pics provided this could be swelling or fluid from the procedure given that the navel was used to access the upper part of your abdomen.  Best of luck. 

Allen Gabriel, MD, FACS
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Bulge above "new navel" after diastasis repair? (Photo)

You need a scan to determine if repair has disrupted>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Bulge above new navel after diastasis repair?

Thank you for your question and series of photographs. It is difficult without an in-person examination to determine what may be taking place based on photographs alone. Based on the operative drawings it appears that your surgeon used your belly button and lower abdomen as access points to repair the separation in your abdominal muscles.  This bulge may represent swelling, a discrete fluid collection, muscle laxity, skin bunching, or residual adipose tissue.  As each requires different treatments, best to follow up with your surgeon for close follow up to address this issue.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Upper abdomen bulge after diastasis repair

I am sorry that you are having issues about your procedure and thanks for sharing your question. I can appreciate your concern.

the bulge is a consequence of the approximation of the midline. unfortunately, the lack of undermining and pulling of the skin results on your bulge. The solution is detaching the skin from the deeper layers. Which is what the tummy tuck will do. This is a cosmetic procedure not cover by insurance.

Finally, make sure that you have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.

Wishing you the best in your journey

Bulge over the new navel

Congratulations on your tummy tuck.
The bulge over the navel may be due to swelling, excess skin, and/or fluid collection.
It would be best to follow up with your plastic surgeon as scheduled so that he/she can evaluate your concern in-person.
Good luck with your recovery.

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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