The navel is the center of the abdomen. It is formed when the umbilical cord is cut and tied after childbirth. An absent navel or no belly button may be due to a congenital defect, surgical removal, or injury. If you are a person without a belly button, you should know that there are usually no health consequences. However, you may want to consult with a plastic surgeon to create the appearance of a belly button.
Some people are born without a navel or belly button. This congenital defect is called an omphalocele. In an omphalocele, the intestines and other abdominal organs stick out through the navel. This condition is usually diagnosed at birth. It can be treated with surgery. If you have an absent navel due to surgery, the navel can usually be surgically recreated.
Symptoms of absent navel
There are usually no symptoms associated with an absent navel. However, you may notice that your abdomen looks different. You may also have a scar if your navel has been removed due to surgery.
An absent navel can also be a cosmetic concern. A man without belly button may have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly. If you are not happy with the appearance of your belly button, you may want to consult with a plastic surgeon.
Causes of absent navel
Some people may have their navel surgically removed. This is often done as part of a tummy tuck or hernia surgery. If the navel has been removed, it can usually be surgically recreated. Some surgical procedures that may involve removing your belly button are as follows:
In some cases, the navel may be absent due to an injury. This could be a result of a car accident or other traumatic event. If the navel is injured, it may need to be surgically removed. The belly button removal side effects are usually temporary and will resolve on their own. However, if the navel is removed, it will not grow back.
What are the treatment options for absent navel?
Navel creation surgery is typically done under general anesthesia, which means that the patient will be asleep during the procedure. The surgeon will make an incision in the lower abdomen, and then carefully stitch the hernia back into place. In some cases, a piece of mesh may be used to reinforce the repair.
Once the surgery is complete, the incision will be closed with stitches or staples. The patient will then be taken to a recovery room where they will be closely monitored. This type of surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and the recovery time is relatively short.
After the surgery, the patient will likely experience some pain and swelling in the surgical area. These symptoms are normal and will gradually improve over time. The patient will be given pain medication to help manage any discomfort.