Originally Posted by RubiTuesday
I'm going tomorrow to get my stitches out, and they're going to be digging around in there [navel] with sharp things!!! Ewww! Gah. I just had to get that off my chest - is anyone else grossed out by their sewn-up navel?
Okay, I am WARNING you squeamish ones that this may be TMI but this thread so reminded me of my own belly button tales…..
I had breast reconstruction after BC using a flap from my abdomen--more or less the equivalent of a tummy tuck. So like BandL0069 my belly button was removed as part of the flap and a new one created surgically in its place. Well, upon waking from that surgery I was informed by the doctor that they had to use the skin from my navel area as part of the flap (usually cut off or tucked into the incision but the extra skin was needed in my case) for the breast. This explained why I ended up with an incision resembling a neatly sewn dart (like on a dress) on the underside of my breast. Now, one of the nurses in this hospital, which serves only cancer patients, had to ask me what that was and declared that in all her years in the plastic surgert dept. she had never seen that! I really didn’t appreciate her comment at the time
but can now laugh about the fact of having my belly button on my breast. So unlike you, I REALLY can’t get the thought of my naval off MY chest! LOL. I also did end up having a couple of cortisone shots in the newly constructed naval to soften the scar tissue. Now that's something you should be able to relate to with an ewwwwwwwwv
! Fortunately, I have no feeling left there so it really wasn’t bad.
Okay, one more thing. My gyn did comment before my hysterectomy that my new navel seemed lower than most but that was all she said. When I woke up from my LAVH I found that the incision had been made a couple of inches above my naval instead of in or around it. So now I have a new scar that I hadn’t counted on to add to my collection and won’t be able to wear midriff tops anymore! (Just kidding about that for sure at age 50……
) If you can bring yourself to talk about it let's hear how the stitch removal went.