A stoma (parastomal) hernia is a weakness or protrusion in the muscle wall of the abdomen which allows the abdominal contents to bulge out. The bulge often protrudes more when coughing or undertaking physical activity. A stoma hernia is one of the most common complications following stoma creation. When a stoma is brought to the surface of the abdomen it passes through the abdominal wall which causes a potential area of weakness. Usually the muscles in the abdominal wall form a snug fit around the stoma opening. However, on occasion the muscles come away from the edges of the stoma, creating a hernia.
Why Do Stoma Hernias Occur?
A stoma hernia can occur like most hernias through coughing or being overweight. It can also occur if you developed an infection in the wound when the stoma was made. A stoma hernia often comes on gradually with the area near the stoma gradually stretching and weakening over time.
Symptoms Of Stoma Hernia
- Changes in stoma function or bowel habits
- Pain or discomfort around the stoma
- Pain or discomfort through heavy lifting or coughing
- A bulge around the stoma
Stoma Hernia Treatment
There are various options available that depend on individual circumstances. You can review the various hernia repair types that we offer at London Hernia or to be seen by one of our expert consultants you can arrange an appointment and we will be in touch shortly.
Many hernias do not hurt so the temptation is to leave them and get on with life. However, failing to get medical advice can be damaging and is not recommended. If left the hernia will grow and discomfort and pain, even if negligible to start with, will intensify.