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0 Comment May 22, 2017

Is my belly button in the midline

Life is not perfect though others believe it is. It is full of imperfections and asymmetries. This is very evident particularly in the human’s body where you can find different asymmetries. For you to understand better, observe your belly button. Have you ever wondered if your belly button is in the midline? The belly button is the scar that is formed after the umbilical cord is severed from the baby. Although it is a normal assumption that the belly button is in the midline, many times, that is not the case. You can only tell that the belly button is in the midline if you draw a line from the xiphoid bone all the way to the pubic area and you notice that the belly button is placed right at the midline.

However, there are instances wherein some patients who went through tummy tuck procedures have belly button which is not placed in the midline. This is nothing to worry about because it is just simply an anatomical asymmetry. There are certain things that can be done during surgery to move the belly button towards the midline. The patient with a significant weakness of the abdominal wall can essentially have enough loose tissues so that when the muscles are brought towards the midline, the belly button actually gets shifted right at the center. Assume your belly button list to the right side, you will need to move the whole abdominal wall slightly more towards the left, to put the belly button in the midline.

It is important that before the surgery, the surgeon will assess the patient’s anatomy and observe its asymmetry. In this way, the patient will know that there is a possibility that the belly button might still not be in the midline even after surgery has been performed.







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