Q. Few days after umbilical hernia repair, my belly button pops up about half an inch. Is this serious?

Answered by
Dr. Raghu
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 04, 2020

Hello doctor,

I had an umbilical hernia repair 11 days ago. It went fine, but 10 days later when I laid down my belly button pup out one inch then went back down. The next morning my belly button is out half an inch. My surgeon said just wait for a couple of days to see if it goes back down. I need to know if I should wait or get in right away. The belly button is a little tender.

Dr. Raghu

General Surgery Surgical Oncology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

As it has been only 10 days since your surgery, I suggest you wait for a few more days and see your surgeon if necessary.

It is quite likely that there may be a small collection of fluid in the region which may get absorbed or may need aspiration. It is quite unlikely to have a recurrence so soon unless the surgery did not go well. If the swelling appears on coughing or straining it may suggest a recurrence. It is best tested by the surgeon as attempting the same at home may precipitate a recurrence.

Take adequate rest. Be active. Take a good diet. Avoid straining or lifting weight for at least six months.

See your surgeon if it still persists next week.

I hope this helps.

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