When Should a Parastomal Hernia Be Repaired?

Parastomal hernias are unique and only form at the site of a stoma. 78% of patients with a stoma will develop a hernia within just a few years, and unfortunately many will have a recurrence. Keep reading if you or someone you love has a stoma and find out when should a parastomal hernia be repaired.

Purpose of a Stomawoman with colostomy bag.

Anyone who has had a colon, intestinal or urologic surgery will have a stoma. The stoma is the site where the inner intestine connects to the colostomy bag, the ileostomy bag, or the urostomy bag outside the body. Any kind of ostomy surgery is performed to open up the abdominal wall to allow the intestines or ureter to reach the outside bag. This allows a patient to eliminate waste into a bag.

The very nature of these surgeries creates a weakness in the abdominal wall, making it prone for a hernia to form with any type of strenuous activity like lifting something heavy or pushing too hard during a bowel movement.

Who Is Most Susceptible to Developing a Parastomal Hernia?

Patients with the following risk factors are more likely to develop a parastomal hernia:

  • Anyone who has had previous abdominal surgery is more susceptible. Tissue around the stoma may be weaker than normal.
  • Being overweight or obese creates more pressure on the abdominal wall.
  • If someone already has weak abdominal muscles.
  • Anyone who has a chronic cough is more at risk like from smoking, asthma, and COPD.
  • A larger than average stoma can make someone more likely to develop a hernia.
  • Chronic constipation.

When Should a Parastomal Hernia Be Repaired?

Some parastomal hernias can be treated by making lifestyle changes. Losing some weight, stopping smoking and wearing an abdominal support belt can help to reduce symptoms. Be sure to talk with a specialist who has exceptional skills repairing parastomal hernias like Michigan Hernia Surgery in Royal Oak, MI.

Although these types of hernias are not necessarily dangerous, there are some situations where repair should be a priority like with pain and the inability to keep the ostomy appliance in the proper place.

In addition, other issues can occur:

  • Leakage and skin irritation can occur. The hernia can become trapped and it will become difficult to push it back into place leading to incarceration that would require repair.
  • Hernia strangulation reduces blood flow to the intestines and its contents can leak into the abdomen cavity-causing several complications like gangrene, peritonitis, or sepsis.
  • Parastomal hernias can cause fistulas that form between the intestines and the skin around the stoma which can lead to infection and other complications.
  • The hernia can cause the stoma to become blocked which affects bowel movements.

Don’t wait for these complications to occur before you talk with a specialist about a repair. Contact Michigan Hernia Surgery at (248) 551-9090 today.

How Much Pain Will I Be In After Hernia Surgery?

How much pain will I be in after hernia surgery? Having any kind of surgery will cause different levels of pain afterward. At the same time, everyone feels pain differently. That’s why doctors usually ask us how the pain feels on a scale of 1 to 10. It gives them a sense of your pain. Let’s attempt to understand the kind of pain one encounters after a hernia procedure and how to handle it. 

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When Can I Exercise After Hernia Surgery?

If you have been living with a painful hernia, you probably have not been doing a lot of exercise. The excess pain of moving the wrong way or exerting certain muscles made working out virtually impossible.

Now that you finally have had hernia repair surgery, the first question you ask your doctor is, when can I exercise after hernia surgery?

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Beaumont Health Increases Fleet of Robotic Surgery Systems

Beaumont Health in Southfield has increased its fleet of robotic surgery systems by 50% after adding 24 da Vinci robotic surgical systems. The demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures, including hernia procedures, continues to increase and Beaumont will soon have more capacity to treat an additional 2,200 patients with minimally invasive robotic surgery.

“We expanded the robotic surgery program to meet demand,” says Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, president of Beaumont Health. “Our patients — and their physicians — deserve access to the latest technology available. The robotic surgery teams at all eight Beaumont Health hospitals are recognized as the best of the best. More robots mean more patients will have access to these experts and advanced capabilities when they need it most.”

Dr. Randy Janczyk and Dr. Anthony Iacco are excited about what this means for their patients.

“When robotic surgery is appropriate for the patient and the situation, we generally see great outcomes,” says Dr. Anthony Iacco, medical director of robotics at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and lead investigator for the study. “This is a win-win both for the patient’s experience and for reducing time spent in the hospital.”

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Inguinal Hernia Surgery In Females: Lowering The Risk Of Chronic Pain

Although more hernia surgeries are performed each year on men, it seems a higher percentage of women suffer the risk of significant chronic pain. Many physicians and surgery centers are studying inguinal hernia surgery in females and lowering the risk of chronic pain.

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