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Gall bladder removed, belly button scar not healed, inflamed and red. Suggest possible cure?

I recently had my gall bladder removed. All sites healed well apart from my belly button scar. The area is red and inflamed and I can feel a lump when I put my finger into my belly button. It feels quite large. I have lifted my 2 year old quite a few times and I know you shouldn't lift. But hard yo do when uou have a busy family life.
Asked On : Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Hole in belly button is usually the biggest one if it is about laparoscopy. Through this hole the camera is inserted and also gallbladder is taken out. That is why this area can give problems with healing.
The large lump you have noticed in your belly button area is most likely hernia. Possible reason of it can be mentioned lifting your baby.
Other possible reasons are wound infection, stone left in this area, irritation and inflammation due to stitches.
I suggest you to visit your surgeon and have it checked. If it is a hernia, the wound needs to get healed completely and after that it can be repaired (for about 3 months). If this is other mentioned condition, the wound needs to be checked and possible fluid drained.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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