reducing-risk-of-parastomal-hernia
reducing-risk-of-parastomal-hernia

Reducing Risk of Parastomal Hernia

You may have heard about a complication known as a ‘parastomal’ hernia

This is an abnormal bulge around the stoma, where an extra loop of bowel squeezes through between the stoma and abdominal wall – and sits between the skin and the muscle of the abdominal wall. They can affect up to 50% of patients within one year following creation of the stoma1.

The following may reduce your risk of developing a parastomal hernia2:


Manage your weight

Being overweight is one of the biggest causes of parastomal hernia, as additional weight causes pressure to push on the abdominal wall.

Strengthen your abdominal muscles

People with weak abdominal muscles are more likely to develop a hernia. Always check with your physician before beginning a new exercise regime.

Wear a light support garment

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Stay active

To maintain general physical well-being. 

Maintain strong muscles

That help you lift and move more safely, therefore protecting your abdomen. Start with your arms.

Be careful when lifting

When you lift or carry anything, do it safely and with good technique.

Adapt exercises and daily activities

To make sure they’re appropriate. Consult your healthcare professional before beginning any new exercise regimen or daily activity. 

Stop smoking.


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