I got a colostomy in 2008. I have developed a "mid size hernia'. It's not causing me problems so for now I will leave it alone although I certainly wish I had not developed one!
You mentioned your surgeon in Williamsburg. I live in Norfolk but have found a surgeon I really like in Suffolk. It's a 25 mile trip but worth it. Dr. Philip Kondylis , with the Bon Secours group in Harbor View who I have found to be very helpful and a good resourse for giving me honest answers and opinions.
If you are looking for second opinions or have any reservations about your current surgeon I highly recommend him.
Wishing you all the best. If I can be of any help let me know.
Edited: I just noticed the date of your original post. This is my first post on this forum and I should have paid closer attention, If you have had your procedure I hope all has gone well.