my doc called me with results from my ct scan with contrast and said i have a large parastomal hernia. he is sending me to a surgeon.
i have had crohn's since 1978(i was 10 at the time,i just turned 40). after many surgeries, the crohn's was still not staying away. in 97, my doc told that with the bowel resection and damage to my rectum, i would have to have a permanent colostomy. ok. i had some complications with new skin allergies and months of trial and error. i have been able to do pretty much anything within my limits and eat whatever i wanted, even popcorn which before would cause so much pain after only 3 or 4 pieces. the past few months,when i would eat anything, the area around the stoma would swell up and sometimes hurt. now i find out i have a hernia. has anybody ever had surgery to repair the hernia? what can i expect after? how long does it take to heal? would it be best to move the stoma and let the area heal for awhile? i have not seen the surgeon yet. i would like to know others experiences with this problem and how they have managed. my biggest fear i guess is not knowing anything about this. i can read medical reports and books all i want but personal experiences are the best teachers and best information around. thanks for any help i can get.
27 surgeries, 19 fistulas,c-section, endometrios,hysterectomy,arthritis,dry eyes,migraines,kidneys stones,allergies,chronic broncitis,memory not so good, too close to death several times, too many bowel resections to count,
permanent colostomy(rectum removed was harder to deal with than using a baggie the rest of my life) but.......
...... I am no longer a pain in the butt!!!!!!!!