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What causes squishy ball in the belly button?

Hello Doc,

I am 33 year old male. I just recently noticed a squishy ball in my belly button toward the top of the button. It does not hurt real bad but is very uncomfortable. The ball squishes in and out and I feel a squishy feeling going in and out of my stomache. The ball is about the size of a nickle. Half of the ball is in the belly button, the other half is above the belly button. The ball is not protruded outward just a little from the top. The pain I feel is like if I were to stick my finger in my belly button and keep on playing with it.. That tickly anoying feeling. I do exercise now and then. I thought it may be ahernia but there does not seem to be major pain. I am thinking it may be a tumor or cancer or something...Can this simply be my belly button???
Mon, 26 May 2014
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi.
Thanks for your query and an elucidate history.

From your very good presentation I can tell you this is called a ''para-umbilical hernia''. IT is a small surgery to correct this as it is small one.
It may not progress further as the fat-pad gets stuck inside and does not allow its outgrowth.
It is upto you - if you kike to be tension-free get this operated to close the defect.
Untill then you can wait and watch ( this is a medical terminology).
Get operated if there is a single sign of obstruction anytime.
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