I asked the online ostomy community what they would like to read stoma-related blogs about, and hernia prevention was one of those topics. So, here we are – let’s get started!
What is a parastomal hernia?
During stoma formation, the surgeon has to cut a hole in the abdominal wall to pull the intestine through. This causes weakness and puts patients at risk of developing a parastomal hernia. This is when an abnormal protrusion (usually the intestine) pushes through the weakened area in the abdominal wall, which can happen shortly after surgery, or many years later.