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Fitting a parastomal hernia into your lifeMore info
If you're suffering from a parastomal hernia, you’ve probably got all sorts of questions you want to ask. What is it? What caused it? Why has it happened to you?
We’ll try to answer some of the more common questions that we hear from patients with hernias.
We’ll also show you, with the right choice of products and a sensible lifestyle, how a hernia doesn't have to stop you living exactly the way you want to.
What is a parastomal hernia? More info

During surgery to create a stoma, the medical team make a cut in the muscles of the abdomen, around the tummy area.
This makes the muscles weaker around the stoma area, which means a section of the bowel can sometimes push through the muscle wall to form an uncomfortable bulge, or ‘parastomal hernia.’
There's no clear, single cause for a parastomal hernia, although older men and people who are significantly overweight seem to be more at risk.

How will your hernia affect you? More info

It might reassure you to know that, as a parastomal hernia sufferer, you're not alone. Research shows up to 50% of stoma patients develop a hernia following surgery.
In the early stages, feelings of distress, discomfort and self-consciousness are common. But the fact that so many hernia patients are getting on with their lives tells you it doesn't have to be a major problem.
Your stoma care nurse can help you with the emotional issues of coping with your hernia. Remember, you don't have to suffer in silence!

Some ways to help prevent a parastomal herniaMore info
Even if you haven't developed a parastomal hernia after your operation, there is still a chance of it happening in the weeks and months ahead.
Most parastomal hernias develop over time, after surgery; it might be a couple of months after, 12 months post-surgery or possibly even longer.
The good news is: you can reduce the risk by doing some gentle tummy exercises - ask your stoma care nurse for advice. Then, when you feel ready, you can start going for short walks or a swim.
Remember, you should always speak to your stoma care nurse before you set out on any programme of exercise.

Other tips to reduce the risk of developing a hernia include:More info
-    Avoiding any heavy lifting for at least 3 months after your operation
-    Standing and sitting up straight at all times
-    Using a support belt or girdle if you're lifting things at work or home
-    Watching your weight and following a healthy diet
-    Supporting your stoma and abdomen with your hand when you cough, for the first few months after surgery.

A better fit for hernia patients from Salts More info

One of the most persistent problems parastomal hernia patients face is securing an effective fit for their wafer. Because a hernia creates an irregular ‘bulged’ surface, the adhesion of conventional wafers is often compromised, leading to leaks and discomfort.
So Salts set out to overcome the problem with a range of ‘hernia friendly’ products that offer easier fitting, extra security, added confidence and improved comfort.
It means that, whatever the size and shape of your hernia, you’ve got complete peace of mind in the knowledge you couldn't choose a more perfect fit.