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Unread 03-11-2012, 01:25 PM

I'm almost 5 weeks post-op and today I'm experiencing some discomfort in or near my belly button almost the feeling of something pulling it from the inside.

Has anyone experience this....could it be a hernia?
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Unread 03-11-2012, 03:14 PM
Re: Hernia???

My best guess is that you have some scar tissue that is doing the pulling. I would suggest to gently massage the area to loosen it up. My other suggestion is to see your doctor and mention it to him or her.
Unread 03-11-2012, 03:25 PM
Re: Hernia???

A hernia doesn't normally hurt unless bowel gets looped into through the opening, which you would see a bulge. I would mention it to the doc, but I agree it sounds like maybe scar tissue.

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Unread 03-11-2012, 03:36 PM
Re: Hernia???

Oh scar tissue is that a bad thing? Am I doing something wrong?
Unread 03-11-2012, 03:49 PM
Re: Hernia???

You aren't doing anything wrong. We all end up with scar tissue after surgery. I would just suggest massaging it gently (as long as your incisions are closed) to minimize it and to soften it. I had a huge ropy lump under my incision and my skin was sort of stuck to it. By gently massaging it for months and months, that lump under the skin is gone and my skin is pliable even though it was left with a raised scar.
Unread 03-11-2012, 04:18 PM
Re: Hernia???

ok Thanks Danni
Unread 03-11-2012, 04:55 PM
Re: Hernia???

I had a hernia that was repaired during my TAH. One thing to remember is depending on what type of surgery you had you may have some internal stitches. I noticed some swelling and tugging pain around my bellybutton but my doc just said it was were they had to do some extra work sewing things up and that it should all look and feel normal in time. One thing to remember, NEVER be afraid to ask your doctor or his nurse about anything. It is always better to safe than sorry.

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