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a yellowish pus leak from my belly button area?

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I recently had an emergency laparoscopic appendectomy on 01/15/2011. The surgeon stated my appendix and surrounding areas were very inflamed, but overall, surgery went well. One week later on 1/20/2011 I had to go back to the ER because I was having severe pain on my right side. I was also having an allergic reaction to the pain killer I was prescribed and no bowel movement. Another CT scan was done to verify that there was no abscess. I was feeling a little better after my 2nd hospital visit, but this past Sunday two of the three Steri-Strips came off from my incisions and they seem to be healing fine, however, I am now having a yellowish pus leak coming from my actual belly button area. I am also having a lot of pain in and around my belly button area, especially pain on the right side. Its a very sharp and stabbing pain. There is also redness and itchiness in the area. I am very worried that I may have an abscess after all. Is this common? should i go to ER or call the DR's office?

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replied February 13th, 2011
Appendix and Appendicitis Answer A19570
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

It seems that you might have developed a periumbilical fistula or a abscess, which could be a complication developing as a result of the appendectomy. Such complications are common in a complicated appendicitis (As in your case).

You might need to get a ultrasound or a CT scan to know the exact nature. The findings will help decide the future course of action which may be either a CT guided aspiration of the abscess or a open surgery.

You might consider consulting with the operating surgeon for proper evaluation and treatment at the earliest.

I hope this helps.

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