Any suggestions on dealing with an incisional hernia with an ostomy?

Posted by jbcisandi1 @jbcisandi1, Jan 7 8:06am

I got my colostomy in June, and got an incisional hernia around October. The hernia is very large and cannot be repaired. I tried a support belt but it didn’t really hold in the hernia. Someone suggested a tight corset or tummy control underwear. I want to hold the hernia in because I can only wear leggings and tunic tops now, but I don’t want to restrict the colostomy. Any suggestions?

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@sher99

I also have a hernia located under/behind the stoma. While having osteoporosis, a double whammy creates a rather large stomach, especially with a 74lb frame. I deal with this by wearing tummy covering clothing. The suggestion of moving ostomy to the right side is not an option! (mine). Surgery has not been mentioned to remove the hernia. I was told it would grow back. Living with an ostomy can have its drawbacks, it certainly beats the alternative. While looking down at my stomach (not far these days), I dig down and bring out my sense of humor….and live with it. So, yes. Lots of chuckles.

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Can I use your comment in my ostomy newsletter that I do for Northern California…You have a great attitude! Sometimes no surgery but coping gracefully with a good sense of humor is best option!

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@dancing1

Can I use your comment in my ostomy newsletter that I do for Northern California…You have a great attitude! Sometimes no surgery but coping gracefully with a good sense of humor is best option!

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Yes, of course. Sharing is a good thing. Living with my ostomy for 10 years, I would be happy to contribute any info regarding my experience. This is a great website! Discovered it while checking for something else. One link to another link, so on and so on. I have shared the Mayo Connect site to friends and family. sher99 to dancing 1 and landj526…not sure how to address to and from?

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@sher99

Yes, of course. Sharing is a good thing. Living with my ostomy for 10 years, I would be happy to contribute any info regarding my experience. This is a great website! Discovered it while checking for something else. One link to another link, so on and so on. I have shared the Mayo Connect site to friends and family. sher99 to dancing 1 and landj526…not sure how to address to and from?

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I have had my Ileostomy since 2012 . Was a leader of an Ostomy group in
Northern California now I just do the newsletter for that area since I
moved back to Arizona. We are currently only doing zoom meetings once per
month. But I’m always looking for articles for our newsletter which goes
out to about 100 people. I’m having a little trouble with this Mayo sight
but hope to master it soon. Seeing Doctors at Mayo Clinic fir my
autoimmune diseases. Would you like a copy of one of my newsletters?
Thank you Linda

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There are under garments that function with a hole for the ostomy bag so that the garment doesn't restrict flow to the bag.

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