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What is a Parastomal Hernia?

A hernia is a weakness in the wall of the abdomen that allows the contents (bowels) to bulge out forming a lump or swelling. If the weakness occurs where the stoma is attached to the muscle wall causing a swelling around the stoma, this is called a Parastomal Hernia.

What may cause a Parastomal Hernia?

Ostomy surgery weakens the stomach muscles. Lifting heavy objects and other strenuous activity will have an adverse effect on your core muscles.

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What is a Parastomal Hernia?

 
A hernia is a weakness in the wall of the abdomen that allows the contents (bowels) to bulge out forming a lump or swelling. If the weakness occurs where the stoma is attached to the muscle wall causing a swelling around the stoma, this is called a Parastomal Hernia.
 

What may cause a Parastomal Hernia?

 
Ostomy surgery weakens the stomach muscles. Lifting heavy objects and other strenuous activity will have an adverse effect on your core muscles.
 

Managing a Hernia

 
Most of these hernias can be managed without surgery. Support belts are the most successful aids. It may be necessary to change the type of pouch you use to ensure a secure fit. Talk to your ET Nurse for advice on this.
 
Surgery may be considered in extreme cases. Typically this would be if strangulation or obstruction occur or when the hernia affects the seal between the skin and appliance causing leakage.
 

What is the Hernia Helper Ostomy Support Belt

 
The Hernia Helper is a comfortable, reliable and discreet support belt. No longer do you need to hide in shame and embarrassment. With the Hernia Helper you will be able to increase your mobility while at the same time enjoying peace of mind knowing that you are wearing a belt that keeps things in place.

Managing a hernia

Most hernias can be managed without surgery. Support belts and appliances are the most successful aids. These are available on prescription in the Canada and the USA.

It may be necessary to change the type of pouch you use to ensure a secure fit. Talk to your Stoma Care Nurse for advice on this.

Surgery may be considered in extreme cases. Typically this would be if strangulation or obstruction occur or when the hernia affects the seal between the skin and appliance causing leakage.

Other reasons may be if the hernia is causing a lot of pain or embarrassment to the ostomate, by being visible even when fully clothed. Your surgeon will discuss this with you as there are risks involved with all surgery.

What is the Hernia Helper

The Hernia Helper is the most comfortable, reliable and discreet support belt you will ever own. No longer do you need to hide in shame and embarrassment. With the Hernia Helper you will be able to increase your mobility while as the same time enjoying peace of mind knowing that you are wearing a Hernia Helper. ×