A parastomal hernia occurs when the intestines press outward near a stoma, the hole created for a colostomy or ileostomy appliance. This causes a bulge under the skin. It can also cause pain and bothersome leakage. Parastomal hernias are the most common complication of ostomy surgery.
Parastomal hernias develop gradually and gradually increase in size. Although rare, a parastomal hernia may cause the intestine to become trapped or kinked inside the hernia causing intestinal obstruction and loss of blood supply. This is known as a strangulated hernia, a dangerous and life-threatening complication.
The only definitive treatment for a hernia is surgical repair. Exercise, pressure garments or “waiting it out” does NOT get rid of a hernia. Fortunately, surgery for parastomal hernias is extremely safe and effective. Many people can return to work in a few days.