I had a laparoscopic appendectomy on October 7th 2015. It is now August 3rd 2016. I went to my surgeon a couple months after the surgery approx. 5 months because every time I eat or drink my belly button swells up and also the swelling on my stomach didn't completely go down. The primary purpose was for the surgeon to check out my belly button and even after all that time post surgery he still told me that its just a small hernia. When it swells I can push down the lump and I feel the liquid being pushed back into my stomach. Its Going to be a year since my surgery and my belly button still swells up when I eat or drink and it pokes out right where the incision is, am I going to have to live with this belly button like this forever or is the surgeon neglecting any sort of malpractice on his end?
Like he said, it is a small hernia which is an area where the muscle wall is weak and a bit of intestine is pushing through. It is very common and usually doesnt need treatment as long as there is no pain and no sign that blood flow to the intestinal tissue is obstructed.
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