Herniated belly button repair; can a plastic surgeon do this surgery or does a general surgeon?

Can a plastic surgeon do this surgery or does a general surgeon? What if the herniated belly button is small?

Doctor Answers 4

Belly button hernias

Thanks for your question -

Plastic surgeons are extensively trained in abdominal wall reconstruction including hernias.  We are well qualified to help with this problem.

I hope this helps!

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Herniated belly button repair

Thank you for sharing your question.  I would advocate for a plastic surgeon in order to minimize your scarring to leave an incision that is well camouflaged.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Umbilical hernia repair

Our office specializes in umbilical hernia repair using a reverse crescent incision within the belly button itself. Best, Dr. KaramanoukianLos Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Both general and plastic surgeons repair umbilical hernias.  We just do it better because plastic surgeons are skilled at keeping the scar minimal and hidden .  Go to someone with lots of experience. See pics.  Good luck!

Andrew T. Cohen, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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