How can a Support Garment help me?
What is a Parastomal Hernia?
The term hernia describes any bulge or swelling around the stoma.
When a stoma is created an incision is made into the muscles of the abdominal wall, a hernia occurs when the edges of the stoma come away and can no longer be supported by the weakened muscles. This allows a section of bowel to protrude through and sit outside the abdomen but under the skin causing it to bulge.
Parastomal hernias can develop following any surgery to create a stoma and studies tell us that up to 70% of ostomates will go on to develop a hernia. Hernias usually occur gradually and can increase over time if not supported.
Many hernias are asymptomatic and cause no problems unless they get bigger.
What steps should I take to avoid a hernia?
The longer a stoma is present the greater the chance of a hernia developing.
Lifestyle changes can help to reduce the likelihood of a hernia occurring.
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Stop smoking
• Take regular exercise such as walking
• Avoid activities that include heavy lifting
• Avoid coughing, sneezing and straining
• Support the stoma and wound
• Avoid constipation
Wearing a support garment can also help to reduce the risk of a hernia developing, a well fitted garment will give support to enable you to continue your daily activities but will still enable your stoma to function properly.
What are the risk factors in getting a hernia and how does it happen?
Some patients are more prone to hernias as a result of increased pressure in the abdomen pushing against weakened muscles.
High risk factors include:
• Chronic Respiratory Conditions
• Excessive coughing and sneezing
• Chronic constipation
• Extensive abdominal surgery
Certain factors during surgery can lead to an increased risk of developing a hernia such as emergency surgery or certain stoma sites. Unfortunately these factors are beyond control.
Increased pressure inside the abdomen causes a loop of bowel to push through the muscle wall alongside the stoma and form a hernia.
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