Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:12 am Post subject: Abdominal Binder for a Stoma and Hernia?
Hi Everyone! I'm hoping someone knows what to wear for a hernia that's under the left side of my stoma. In April 2009 I had to have my bowel, anus and back wall of my vagina removed due to cancer. I've made a miraculous recovery, so the Doctors say. I was expected to die beings I was in the high 3 stage they said. Seeing my Surgeon a few weeks ago I showed her the large lump under my stoma. I don't know anything about hernias, what they are, what causes them, etc. So I was surprised when she told me that's what it was. She told me to get an abdominal binder or girdle, and to push the hernia up and in under it. Has anyone had to do this? Wouldn't the ostomy bag and contents in it get all smooched up? Ewww...LOL. I'm also claustrophobic and can't stand anything tight on me, I feel like I can't breathe. Does anyone have any suggestions, or been thru the same thing? I'd appreciate all comments. Thank you so much! Take Care All! Linda
Our long-time friend on this website, Biker Boy Greg in San Diego talked about getting a woman's girdle and cutting a hole in it at the stoma site. It seemed to work for him and costs a lot less than an ostomy support belt. I agree - an abdominal binder DOES NOT sound like the answer to me - I used one on a very temporary basis and it wasn't real helpful.
I am not sure about other countries, but here, in France, I have been given (two free each year) a hernia support belt (a bit like a back support belt), but with a hole cut over the area of the bag, so the bag is popped through and just sits on the outside of the belt. In addition, I have a pair of underpants, with a built in pouch, so the bag doesn't just hang there, but is supported. I think these are also available for the fairer sex.
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