thank you, MJ. I DID tell him of course, that he can do that if he deems best, and I'll tell him again, surgery day. Thankyou for the advice. Perhaps I should have gone to the Colonrectal Specialty clinic then instead, and had a colon specialist do it? or what would you say? (guess it's still not too late) I still don't quite understand your hernia description. Maybe I don't have one? surprising, since I do quite a bit of lifting. i know, sometimes, the area hurts more than others. generally when the seal is leaking onto my skin around the stoma. i have a sore/ulcer there. thanks for replying. Glad you are doing well. May God continue to bless you.