Wishing you all the best
Thank you so much for replying! I am just wondering if the surgeon can do anything about the large bulge (about the size of a cantelope); if he can remove some of my bowels. I am willing to have the surgery, if this be the case.
|I am just wondering if the surgeon can do anything about the large bulge (about the size of a cantelope);|
I found some useful information on stomal hernias at this website: http://colorectalsurgeonssydney.com.au/?page_id=1080
My stoma is sitting atop a large bulge as you describe but my GI told me it is normal. I did not push him with further questions because I have always felt that the bulge provides a great base for the flange. You may want to take this benefit into consideration before any surgery.
I would highly recommend my surgeon (if you're in the Toronto area, I'll post his contact info). There aren't a lot of doctors out there who readily admit that they have NEVER done laproscopic repair of parastomal hernias (I believe that they cannot figure out how to bring the mesh around the portion of colon before it exits the stomach wall). In fact, if you go on the Shouldice site, this is one of the surgeries which they do not do.
I have referred him once before and the results were deeply appreciated. AND, I'm almost 6 years of NO hernia issues even though he told me to expect the hernia to return! In point of fact, my peristomal skin is dramatically better now.
If an introduction is required, you can figure out my email info (thru this site) and connect with me.
Thank you for your reply! I am considering surgery on my colostomy with a surgeon
here in Williamsburg, Va. I am a little scared of having this done, as I am
afraid that I may be in worse condition after the surgery. I could not possibly go to
Toronto for this surgery. But, I thank you for the information.
My colostomy hurts, with the large hernia. I have a lot of problems with it.
I hope you have a great day and I thank you!
Shower washing the prolapsed stoma with a micro fiber soft cloth and then lay down relaxing, while pressuring the stoma to retract using VIVA brand paper towels. I then have to cut a 2 inch oval pattern in the bag wafer and attach. I use the Hollister Adapt lub and deoderant, when first change the bag, and to save money I switch to Johnsons & Johnson Baby oil the rest of the time I drain the bag. The hernia makes me look like I'm pregnant and the happy prolapse stoma topping off the bulge makes the whole scene look like a alien movie.
My doctor has all staff see this during visits and He's pushing me for a reversal but I hate the thoughts of the surgeon taking all the large colon out ( My stoma is midline on right side) and connecting to intact rectum. Lots of vessels and such has to be removed and then the complications of repairing the hernia at the same time. I have 100% insurance coverage regardless of Obamacare rules but I'm questioning the procedure and possible complications. Aside from the looks I'm without pain, totally active and eat whatever I like. Removing the hernia and repairing the prolapse stoma might be in the cards and just keep the colostomy and all the bagging hassles.
Best of luck to you and to your surgery if that is what is necessary.
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.
Hi, only joined today from South Africa. Had my colonoscopy done in 2008 and now have developed a Hernia in the ostomy wall and am doing some research on the parastoma laprascopic Mesh sugarbaker procedure. Has anyone had this procedure done succesfully