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How to Reduce the Risk of Parastomal Hernias

How to Reduce the Risk of Parastomal Hernias

Roughly half of individuals who have undergone an ostomy procedure are at risk of experiencing a parastomal hernia. This type of hernia emerges when the intestines protrude near the stoma, leading to a noticeable bulge beneath the skin, often accompanied by discomfort and leakage.

Here are some tips to help reduce your risk of developing a parastomal hernia after an ostomy procedure:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight puts pressure on the abdominal wall, increasing the risk of hernias. Keep your weight in check to reduce this risk.
  1. Quit smoking: Smoking can lead to chronic coughing, which strains abdominal muscles and increases the likelihood of a hernia. Kick the habit to protect your abdominal health.
  1. Lift with caution: Improper lifting techniques or lifting objects that are too heavy can strain your body and raise the risk of hernias. Learn proper lifting methods to minimize strain.
  1. Strengthen your abdominal muscles: Weak abdominal muscles are more prone to hernias. Incorporate exercises into your routine that target these muscles to improve their strength and stability.
  1. Stay active: Regular physical activity not only helps maintain a healthy weight but also strengthens muscles and improves overall wellbeing. Consult your physician before starting any exercise regimen.
  1. Consider wearing a hernia support belt: A hernia support belt can provide added support to weak abdominal muscles, reducing the risk of hernias. It's particularly beneficial to wear one after surgery to support the healing process.

By following these steps, you can help lower your risk of developing a parastomal hernia and enjoy better abdominal health. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice and guidance.

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