Hernia and swimsuits

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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! Recently I have developed a hernia and I pretty much look pregnant! My surgeon said she could A) fix it and B) possibly move my stoma site. (It is really high up on my tummy) She also said C) she could put mesh behind the new stoma site because I am prone to hernias anyway (don't have much skin). She kind of left it up to me. She said if she didn't do the mesh part on the new site, she wouldn't have to cut much into the skin but if she did the recovery would be longer.

Has anyone gone through this? What was the recovery like? How bad is the scarring from the old stoma site? And since I named mine, do I have to come up witth a new one?? :-)

Also, since it's summer here in Minnesota (which goes by WAY too fast) I searched for a long time to find a swim suit that I thought looked nice without looking frumpy to hide the hernia/ostomy (which I call the bit@* bump) and finally found one! Just wanted to share the link because I know this has been brought up before. Especially with the small ladies. What I ran into was if the suit had looser coverage in the front, most of them were in larger or plus sizes and this one comes in smaller sizes for us littler gals.
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   


Does your hernia hurt or is it just pooching out? My stomach around my stoma is really, really rounded. Lately, I have become very self conscious about the big one-sided pregnant look. sad My surgeon didn't want to do anything about it because he said the recovery would be hard .He just didn't want to fool with a hernia surgery, I think.I'm going to look at the site for swimsuits.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  I had a temp. colostomy January a year ago and had it reversed last June.  Since last June I have had 5 hernia repairs with mesh.  Has anyone else had that problem?

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   Posted 7/4/2008 3:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I checked out your website - CUTE swimsuits. Sorry, fortunately for me, I've not had any hernias that needed repair. But really like the cute, but not frumpy, swimsuit.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 7/4/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Nene - mine doesn't hurt either. It's just really round like you said. My surgeon thought it was reasonable to want it taken care of. She's really understanding that this is making me feel uncomfortable about myself. Plus, as I had mentioned my stoma is poorly placed anyway. Bboop - I think this is why she would want to put the mesh in the new site too. Just to avoid another hernia. I read that they are more common with colostomys than illeos. Anyway, if I have the surgery I am going to wait until after the summer. Don't want to be recovering in our only nice weather up here!
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.

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