Hi, I had emergency ileostomy surgery 6 months ago and so I had a large surgerical incision wound down the centre of my tummy that took several months to heal. A couple of months ago I noticed a bulge on the left side of my tummy (the opposite side to my stoma) that starts an inch higher than my belly button and ends 2 inches lower than my belly button. It's not huge but it is noticeably different than the right side of my tummy which is much flatter to in comparison. It could be mistaken for a chubby tummy but I have always been quite slim and my tummy has never bulged like that on one side before - also it doesn't go away when I suck my tummy in. The bulge also seems more pronounced just below my belly button under the scar, but I used to have some fat there anyway so it is hard to tell. I weigh the same as I used to but my belly sticks out more.
I mentioned it to my stoma nurse and she said it might be a small hernia and that I should show my surgeon when I next see him. I am seeing him in 2 weeks.
I am glad my nurse noticed it because I knew it didn't seem right and I needed reassurance that this isn't just the way my body is now. I want it to be sorted out and my tummy to somewhat go back to normal. But I am just worried that when I show my surgeon he might suggest surgery to fix it. I don't really want another scar
I don't know much about
hernias so I am curious what is normally done about
them? Is surgery the only way to fix it or are there other ways? Obviously I'm not 100% sure it is a hernia so are there any ways of telling? Any replies are appreciated x
20 female diagnosed UC May 2016
Hospital admissions: May 2016 (2 weeks), Dec 2016 (12 days), April 2017 (4 weeks)
Previous meds: Prednisolone, mezavant, Humira, azathioprine 100mg, infliximab
Surgery: emergency ileostomy April 4th due to perforated bowel.
Currently: 6 months post-op and off all meds
Post Edited (messthezombie) : 10/6/2017 4:38:55 AM (GMT-6)