Hi! I'm a 64 year old wife and a mom to three grown sons. In addition to being a fellow "bag" lady, I also have COPD and wear oxygen 24-7. A double whammie. I had my ileostomy surgery Dec. 24, 2022 and the emergency surgery Dec. 31, 2022 because my incision started to open up. Praise God, I survived both. My doctors were reluctant to perform surgery at all, I had 2 surgeons refuse to operate on me because of how bad my breathing is, but thank God, my doc finally agreed to do the ileostomy surgery versus the reconstruction surgery which wasn't an option because of the COPD. Long story short, I had the surgery and spent 5 weeks in the hospital and then 3 weeks in rehab. When I came home, I had an ostomy nurse come and when I asked her about this "swelling" around my stomas was, yes I have two stomas. (another long story) She said it was just "swelling". When I saw my surgeon, he said I had a very large hernia. It's so large, I look like I'm pregnant! Anyway, he said he won't be able to operate because as he put it, "you already rolled the dice twice, I don't think a third would be wise."
I was just wondering if anyone else was dealing with a hernia after surgery? Thanks so much, sorry for the long explanation.