What are parastomal hernias?
The most common complication of ostomy surgery, these hernias occur when the intestines press outward near a stoma, the hole created for a colostomy or ileostomy appliance, causing a bulge under the skin. Almost every patient with an ostomy will get a hernia to some degree. Most of these hernias will cause no problems, and these are at very low risk for long-term complications.
Who is at risk for parastomal hernias?
It is difficult to predict who will develop symptoms from a parastomal hernia, but certain factors can predispose someone to start to develop problems:
- Site of the stoma
- Increased intra-abdominal pressure, which can be caused by severe coughing and sneezing or lifting heavy objects
- Infection after stoma surgery
What are the symptoms of parastomal hernias?
Parastomal hernias can cause pain and bothersome leakage.
How are parastomal hernias treated?
Parastomal hernias can be treated through surgery.
What are the possible complications of parastomal hernia?
Though rarely dangerous, severe symptoms can indicate the need for emergency treatment.
- Parastomal Hernias. https://badgut.org/information-centre/ostomies/parastomal-hernias/