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Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:05 pm
Hello everyone,  does anyone have any info regarding urostomy hernias?  Do they get worse as we age?  Is surgery an option, etc.....Thank you for your time.

Eileen, ( Love this site)   Smile
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:01 am
Hi Eileen I also have a Urostomy Hernia, Bit mine is quite low down my tummy & on the line of my operation incision scar. It looks a bit insightly but is not uncomfortable &  does not really bother me is any way. I find my normal underwear is quite suportive. ( But there again I am a man) so I'm not sure what probs you might have.  It can be repaired but I dont really want any more surgery at the moment....

Take care........
Nurse
Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:42 pm
Hernias :  I suggest checking with your urologist that did the surgery, get his/her opinion if it could/should be repaired or not.  A repair can be complex, depending on the size and your health.  Some surgeons would prefer just to relocate the stoma after repair.  

Most hernias are not harmful in themselves but usually get larger over time, can become unsightly with clothing, have to enlarge your appliance  opening to accomodate the stoma stretching, or possibly change the type of appliance you wear.

There are several supposrt belts (Nu Hope has a big variety and can custom make them, there are other brands too) that will help reduce the hernia,  give you support.

Not everyone is a good surgical candidate for repair, but anyone can use a belt.

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Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:13 pm
Quite right Whoa!! Therer's Nothing like a GOOD BELT!! If I remember correctly!!
Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:31 pm
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Nurse
Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:32 am
Vulcan.....  too funny!  

Clarification:  I  recommend a good  OSTOMY SUPPORT BELT () for anyone doing exercise/work that involves using abdominal muscles to give you support, hernia present of not.   I also recommend having a visit with your surgeon if you have one....it is good to know the pros and cons of repair vs. waiting.  There are some surgeons that actually specialize in hernia repairs.

bostomy....not sure if you were asking about mesh???  Lots of different types...I personally don't know enough to be informative about all that is out there.

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Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:47 pm
First let me thank you all for replying to my question.  Since I posted I have had a parastoma hernia repair of my urostomy  in October. I was rushed by ambulance to emergency  and within two days had surgery to repair the hernia.  I had infection from hernia and it was entwined round stoma.  They had to  do a bowel resection and never used mesh.  Doctor said it would not be "easy" and he was right!!!  After two months I was discharged from hospital just in time for Christmas!  Needless to say I couldn't do any shopping but I was happy to be home, at last, and able to sleep in my own comphy bed.  Presently I am losing my hair due to heavy medication during my stay in hospital.  I hope it comes back soon.  I am very particular about my hair!!  Now it is really thin!!!!

I am being fitted for a belt  for security.  BTW I have had my urostomy since '76.

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!!
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