Hernia Belts (prevention of hernias)

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Hi there! I had my lar loop ileostomy surgery on June 2/23. It was open surgery so I have a 15-20cm vertical incision.

I'm looking for a hernia belt to help prevent hernias. I've been back the gym for a few weeks now lifting light weights with no issues but the cardio class last weekend with the jumping made my stomach area very uncomfortable to the point I stopped and did step outs.

The belt that the ostomy nurse recommended doesn't have good reviews on Amazon.

Any recommendations??? Thanks!!

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I like Nu-Hope belts. They feature a wide variety of belts. Different widths, hole sizes, and features like prolapse straps. Look them up on the internet or on your stoma supplier website.

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I use a 3 inch wide belt. Very comfortable. I have a parastomal hernia and wear the belt from 3:00am to 5:00pm. Keeps my hernia from getting worse... (I hope).


Stealthbelt also has some options . I have a couple that I use for everything. It can be secured pretty good. It's not a hernia belt but it does hold the Ostomy bag securely while you are active.


I use the 8" Nu-hope hernia support belt



I think you are pushing your healing too fast with that type of exercise. Your body told you it wasn't good, listen to it. Don't throw a belt on and think it'll be ok.


I'm with Alex, to soon for my liking, don't rush it.

Reply to AlexT

I was wondering about that. My surgeon when I left the hospital after surgery, didn't put any weight restrictions on me. Told me don't do anything stupid. At the 6 week post op told me I could resume all my regular activities. Definitely won't be doing the cardio class tomorrow.

Short answer is no, long answer is Nooooooooooo. Don't rush things. It takes a long time to fully heal. Resuming your normal activities too soon will put you at increased risk of hernia. Just having the ostomy puts you at increased hernia risk. "Don't do anything stupid" is hard to define. Surgeon should have told you specifically what activities and exercise to avoid. Then re-evaluate your situation at later appointments.
Reply to Beachboy

Hi Beachboy

You mention that you use a 3" wide belt.

Could you indicate which company provides this and the particular belt you use.


Many thanks





Reply to Cplumber

You must be a GIANT!  I however am only 5'8" and I find a 4" belt to be the max or I can't bend over without the belt cutting into my leg!  Humm?



Hate to say this but, in fact as far as I can see after investigating for 11 years there is NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF that belts do a thing to prevent a Parastomal Hernia!  Having said that, I do own and often use a number of 3" and 4" New Hope belts.  Often i wear one after I change my appliance to help it stick to me.  Secondly, I wear one just because it feels better, more comfortable I'd say.  I have a rather large hernia about the size of a large Grapefruit, so sometimes I'm bothered with the of it.  Usually I'm not bothered, I just live with it.  I was never warned about it arriving unannounced but, as soon as it did I bought  couple of New Hope 3" belts and wore them religiously but, to no avail.  It just kept growing and growing!  I did tons of research and found no proof that they could stop the hernia from growing, which they did not!  I'm a very happy and active 81 year old who has had a stoma for 12 Years. Yesterday I did 7 hours of yard work without a belt....  No problem!



Thanks for sharing your hernia experience.  I'm 7 months post op, and have the hernia.  I'm investigating getting it fixed.  Though I know "fix it" surgery has a low success rate.  

But we prevail.

Reply to Beachboy

I get my coloplast hernia  belts, paid for by my insurance. before using hernia belts, I always had some leak problems since then, with a cColoplast, one piece, convex, a ring, and the elastic extender strips. I go four or five days with never a leak out of the middle. The only problem with the hernia belt is that the elastic sometimes causes skin itching. I bought a stealthbelt hernia belt which I am now trying to see if it does the job and that cause itching. 


Doctors do NOT understand patients who work out regularly before getting their ostomy. They assume everyone is a couch potato and just say go back to normal. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT NORMAL IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK OUT! So don't assume anything goes.

1) Get back into your exercise routine slowly.

2) Do wear the belt for support.

3) There are some very good resources on-line for post-ostomy core exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles before going on to heavier exercises.

4) Monitor your stomal area for the beginnings of a hernia. It's a lot easier to modify your activities when a newly forming hernia is small than to suddenly realize you've got a hernia the size of a small grapefruit, and than ask your doctor what to do. (Ahem, blush.)

Good luck. I hope you get back to your previous activity levels without any long-term issues.

Reply to Newbie Dana

Yes!  I’m beginning to see this. I met with my ostomy nurse yesterday to get measured for a nu hope belt. He was surprised at how active I was and commented that obviously the surgeon didn’t realize it either. 

I will look for the exercises! Thanks!

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