My Stoma Hernia Repair Operation And Recovery

by Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams Parastomal Hernia Blog

I was a bit apprehensive about my stoma hernia repair operation

Recently, I went into hospital for yet another stoma hernia repair operation.

I was a bit apprehensive to say the least – I’ve had problems with anaesthetics and controlling pain previously. To add to that, I now also have daily chronic pain from nerve damage so I was really concerned about recovery, particularly coming around after surgery because that’s when I have experienced horrendous pain before and been unable to communicate it.

Communication with your surgeon and anaesthetist is key

But, this time, I had the most amazing anaesthetist. When she came round, before the op, to talk to me, she actually listened to me. She understood my unique situation perfectly. Although I was apprehensive when a spinal block was suggested (because I’ve had epidurals before and they’ve never worked), I trusted her enough to go with her advice. As soon as she administered it, I could tell that it was not only different this time but that it was going to work perfectly.

So my take-home message for you is that it’s so important not to just rush through the conversations you have with your surgeon and anaesthetist, when you are waiting to be taken down to theatre. Nerves can get the better of you at this time and your mind goes blank. But really listening and taking time to ask them all your questions then make informed choices can make a huge difference to your surgery experience. This time, I wrote all my concerns down on a piece of paper and kept it on the table by my bed to help me think clearly.

I had a small incision but it is healing well

All the treatment combined worked amazingly and I was able to go home within 24 hours of coming back from surgery. Despite having the majority done by keyhole surgery, I did need a small 3-4inch incision next to my stoma, due to a previous stoma hernia repair. I was worried about how this incision would heal because it sits underneath the adhesive part of the flange. However, it’s healing fine. I was already using a convex bag, which I think must be helping. A normal flat flange might have leaked.

Michelle Williams

About the author

My name is Michelle; I live in Kent with my husband and son. I have a permanent ileostomy as a result of Ulcerative Colitis. You can follow me on twitter.

Recent Comments

  • Mary Mc Creath

    Brave lady and very strong, I worked with you and your intelligence always came through

  • Catherine

    You managed so well. I've had my stoma for four months, after having a hernia that perforated my Bowie. Was an emergency operation, although I was told I would have a stoma, it's been hard to get used to. I'm 61 just lost my husband. I did have bowel cancer 16 years ago, had a stoma for nine months but it was reversed this one can't be. It's just find it odd that where my stoma is my belly sticks out a lot, does anyone think this is normal.

  • susan Rimmington

    Hi I'm sue.ive had a stomach since 2006.i have a lump like you say you have got it's a peristomal hernia I've had mine a while now I think it's time I was getting something done with it I've read it's done by keyhole surgery and your in for a full day.i was in 3 weeks when I had my stoma op.i had things go wrong that's why I'm not in a hurry to have it done.
    I'm 63 I had diverticulitis ,that's why I ended up with a stoma.
    Hope your not worrying too here if you need to talk

  • Dave

    Hi Anyone, I have had my stoma from 2006. It was on my left side but because it had a hernia they moved it to my right hand side, but I had major complications with that operation. After 8 months of daily nurse visits, it has now healed but now I have another hernia on my right hand side. I hate it and feel so self conscious about it. The surgeon I last saw said they wouldn't operate on it to close the hernia, so I would just have to "live with it". I don't know what to do now. I had a nurse specialist out during the week to show me a belt that I could use, but I just want to get rid of the hernia. I must admit that the belt did feel good (and when you take it off you really feel the hernia pop back out --- it's a weird feeling). So I am going to try the belt to see how I get on, but I still feel let down by my consultant.

  • Ros

    I had a operation this year and have a stoma + Now have a hernia a bit large is it dangerous I’m a bit worried about it surgeon says he won’t remove it is that normal.

  • Albertus Robbetze

    I must go for a hernia operation the surgeon said they going to use mache to repair it,I want to know if it is safe to put it in.

  • Hello all, you may find this information about parastomal hernias helpful:
    CliniMed are our sister company and they also have a pouch designed specifically for hernias - the Aura Profile.

    Best wishes,

    SecuriCare Team.

  • Laur

    Got a Stoma? Hernia seems to be almost inevitable eventually.
    Mine was observable in hospital the day after Colostomy 4 years ago. (Small bulge)
    Talked to Surgeon , they didn't want to repair untill it is almost life threatening
    because the probability of probems (reoccurance).

    Wear a belt (of some kind) almost all the time. (like Nu-Comfort , something with more support than a Stealthbelt,
    Mine has hardly increased in size , I believe we should be issued a belt at surgery.
    The side benefit is that Flanges stay attached a LOT longer .

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