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Problematic Stitches in Belly Button 2 Weeks Post Lap? (ENDO FOUND & REMOVED)

a_h96
a_h96

Hi all! Very new to this so bear with. Had my diagnostic lap 2 weeks ago, found widespread endometriosis and it was subsequently removed. Only problem I have now is the feeling of pain and pulling sensation in my belly button where I believe stitches were? The pain ranges from moderate to severe. Was treated for an infection due to weeping for 6 days with antibiotics but it’s still weeping and there’s some sort of white flesh wound/substance on the left side of my inside belly button? It also happens that the most pain is on the left side of my belly button when feeling the pulling sensation every time I move and stand up/sit down. Just wondering if this white thing is some kind of suture or stitch? It doesn’t weep, it’s just there and has been there since I came out of hospital two weeks ago. Has anyone else had trouble with their stitches post lap for over a week post op? I’ve had a lap choly 7 years ago and had to have stitches removed from my belly button due to an infection that wouldn’t subside so just wondering if anyone thinks I need to get the stitches out and redone, or if it’s just healing super slow?

Thank you in advance to anyone who replies, and sorry for the super long description! Going to contact my hospital regardless but would love to hear if anyone else had similar issues?

A 🌸

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Might still need antibiotics, I’d give GP a call, the nurse can take a look and redress the wound.

It’s hard to comment on a wound without seeing it, sometimes white can be called proud flesh.

a_h96
a_h96 in reply to Moon_maiden

Thanks for your reply! I’ve been put on amoxicillin and metronidazole combined together since I reacted badly to co-amoxiclav so not sure how many more antibiotic options I have left!! Hopefully I can have the stitches taken out and the wound repacked with gauze like I did the last time this happened!

Moon_maiden
Moon_maiden in reply to a_h96

How did you get on?

a_h96
a_h96 in reply to Moon_maiden

I have an appointment with my surgical team booked for Friday as they think the antibiotics should have worked by now but they haven’t made a dent in the wound at all. Due to be back at work next week as well, so trying to push for less of a “take some more antibiotics and see what happens” approach as I think these wound issues are better dealt with when it can be seen by someone physically in person! Very difficult to be seen right now by anyone as follow up appts are mostly over the phone/Skype but I’ve pushed for a face to face appt as the wound is deep in my belly button and can’t be seen from afar x

Moon_maiden
Moon_maiden in reply to a_h96

Hope it’s easy to deal with and doesn’t add any delays for you. Let us know how you get on.

I had that feeling and I also had an infection. The nurse gave it a real good clean up and I think she pulled the stitch so it loosened. I'm not going to lie it wasn't pleasant but afterwards it was such a relief and it healed straight away then xx

a_h96
a_h96 in reply to griffij9

Hi, thank you so much for your reply. That sounds truthfully very very uncomfortable! I had this same problem when I had my laparoscopic cholecystectomy in 2013 - it had to be cleared out and re-packed with gauze by a nurse with the stitches taken out under GA. I think mine definitely needs a clear out by someone who can see what’s going on in there better than I can. I’m hoping it’s easily fixable when I see my surgical team on Friday or at least have some better understanding of what I’m dealing with! X

I am 15 weeks post op and have been fighting my belly button incision since. I’ve had two rounds of antibiotics, which brought the weeping and swelling down but once completed the weeping started back up. So the surgeon removed a small polyp (was white fleshy looking on the tip) and cauterized it around week 8. It’s still weeping and slightly swollen so he’s sending me for an mri. He suspects I have Endo in the incision. I remembered about 3 weeks ago that approximately 4 years ago the inside of my belly button swole up to be flush with the outer part of my stomach and was bleeding. At the time I was seeing a useless ob/gyn who said he would do a biopsy but after 4 phone calls he never booked it and the swelling went away. I suspect some Endo is hanging around. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this as well.

a_h96
a_h96 in reply to Noodle1984

Hi, thank you so much for your response, and I’m so sorry you’ve had such an awful time with your recovery. I’ve just finished my first round of antibiotics and it’s still the exact same issue of weeping and soreness so I’ve been booked in to be seen by the surgical time on Friday this week. I see a lot of similarities between your situation and mine. 15 weeks post-op is an awfully long time to be struggling with this, I really hope your condition rapidly improves. Either way, thank you for your response, it’s something I can definitely look into as a possible cause. Hopefully you can get seen quickly and have this issue resolved ASAP! x

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