A Houston, Texas woman has been left in tears after she realized her surgeon had removed her belly button during a tummy tuck surgery.
Lori Jones, 45, went under the knife in December, wanting to get her stomach in tip-top shape for swimsuit season after multiple C-sections left her with a herniated umbilical cord.
When she finally removed her bandages weeks later, she says she came to the shocking realization that her doctor, a renowned plastic surgeon who has appeared on reality TV, had removed her belly button completely.
‘I went in with the belly button and I’d like to know what you did with it? What happened to it? Did you throw it in the trash? Where is it?’ Jones told KTRK.
She says she had several consultations with Dr Younan Nowzardan before her tummy tuck and umbilical hernia removal procedure, and that during none of their talks did he explain the risk that she might lose her belly button.
‘We never discussed me not having my belly button. He told me my belly button would be re-sectioned,’ Jones argued. ‘I said well damn. Wait, where is my belly button?’ she asked
While Jones claims she was not warned about the possibility of losing her belly button, her plastic surgeon had a different story.
Dr Nowzardan says he can recreate Jones’ belly button in about six months, once she is healed. But Jones is having none of that. She says she has contacted an attorney and intends to sue.