Since I am new to this ileostomy drill, I don't pretend to know a lot, but I have a hernia to the side of my stoma, too. I was very upset about the appearance of the bulge caused by the hernia so my doctor suggested an ostomy support belt. I had to have a WOCN nurse measure me for it because it was made especially for me by Nu-Form. It took about 4 weeks to receive the belt after ordering it. As for as the questions you have, it would be up to you as to the worth of getting one. I like mine because it makes my belly look smaller and it is very easy to put on. However, I don't wear it all the time because it is like wearing girdle (sorry Info-Guy). Hope this helps.