FAQ | Parastomal hernia prevention

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.

Find out more about parastomal hernias, who is at risk, and tips for post and pre-surgery to prevent them