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Stitch in belly button after laparoscopy not healing. Bleeding with foul smell. What to do?

Wife has had laparoscopy and stitch in belly button not healing too well - five days after op she has had bit of blood and a foul smell coming from it - her belly button is quite a closed one rather than open, and maybe this is why it can't scab over? Any suggestions? She is currently sat holding her belly button open for air to get to it, but obviously can't do this all night.
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Gastroenterologist, Surgical 's  Response

Thanks for writing in

Is sounds like your wife has developed port infection
This happens when the patient has slit like umbilicus which is overlooked by adjoining fatty tissue
It would be better if you clean it and dress it nicely and take some antibiotic for five days

It there is no fever and no regular discharge a sterile dressing with a local antibiotic powder can do the job

Hope this helps
Do write back in case of concern
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General Surgeon Dr. M Y Shareef's  Response
Hi ! The very point that there is foul smell coming out of the wound signifies that the wound has got infected irrespective of the reason for which laparoscopy was done. Wound infection post operatively is not uncommon and serious issue, but it should be taken care of early. You should take your wife to the treating doctor and show him the wound immediately. Nothing can be inferred unless your wife is examined clincally by the doctor. Good luck.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Veera Raghava Rao Buddha.'s  Response
Hi welcome to Health care magic forum.
Thanks for asking a question to H.C.M.F.
Your wife had a laproscopy operation done, on 5th day there was a foul smelling discharge and little blood, and it didn't heal so far.
Foul smelling discharge and blood suggests some anaerobic infection present at the site of operation. As it is not healing with the routine antibiotics, i advise you to make culture and sensitivity test of the discharge from the incision.
I advise you to consult a surgeon for diagnosis and treatment.
Wishing for a quick and complete recovery.
Best regards.
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