WOW, Patsy! Thank you so much for telling me your story. It validates what I have been told. Now, I have had doctors tell me I should get the hernia taken care of, but the surgeon I have been seeing said he wouldn't advise it nor would he operate. He said it would be easy for me to find someone to operate but it wouldn't be him. He said it has been his experience that they rerupture and continually need more surgery. I figured he had nothng to gain, even financially, by saying this. But, when I have bad days I think I'd like to get this taken care of...that's why this was posted.
I'm so sorry that you have had such a terrible time. I've been told that if they operated that they would move the stoma to the other side and I thought, "What if the surgery on the left side ruptures and the original site reruptures? I'd have two hernias!" UGH! So I didn't do it.
I've had the hernia for 14 years and it hasn't stopped me from doing anything I want to do. But I have to buy clothes a couple of sizes larger to go around the hernia and then have them altered! LOL At least I'm not scheduled for any beauty contests in the near future! I also have had several partial bowel obstructions that have required hospitalization. Not fun.
Bottom line, thank you, thank you, thank you for your input. You have REALLY helped me.