After your surgery, you will likely feel weak and tired for several days after you return home. Your belly may be swollen. If you had laparoscopic surgery, you may also have pain in your shoulder for about 24 hours.
After laparoscopic surgery, you are likely to have pain for the next several days. You may have a low fever and feel tired and sick to your stomach. This is common. You should feel better after 1 to 2 weeks.
Infection is the most common complication of any surgical procedure including laparoscopy. Persisting pain after port insertion through umbilicus may be due to infection, port site hernia, entrapment of bowel or omentum, endometriosis, metastasis, and tuberculosis.
It’s normal for the area to look swollen and even a bit crusty after surgery, and it may take as long as 6 months for the belly button to heal.
Symptoms of infection after surgery
- redness and swelling at the incision site.
- drainage of yellow or cloudy pus from the incision site.
How long does it take to heal internally after gallbladder surgery?
It’ll usually take around 2 weeks to return to your normal activities. After open surgery, you’ll usually have to stay in hospital for 3 to 5 days, and your recovery time will be longer. It can take around 6 to 8 weeks to return to your normal activities.
Some general symptoms of an infection in the belly button include:
- redness or skin discoloration in or around the belly button.
- itching or swelling of the affected skin.
- a tender mass that bleeds or releases a foul-smelling discharge.
- fever or chills.
- nausea or vomiting.
Belly button pain treatment options
- Antibiotics or infectious causes: You may be prescribed antibiotics that rid the body of harmful bacteria.
- Anti-inflammatory medications: If your symptoms are due to autoimmune conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, your physician may prescribe antibiotics or steroid creams.