Posted 7/5/2016 4:51 PM (GMT -7)
So sorry. I had emergency surgery a bit over a year ago for a hernia that was causing an intense blockage. My stoma was moved to the other side -- is this an option for you? It was hard getting used to the new stoma, which is very different than the old one -- shorter and it took me a long time to figure out a good pouching system. However, I have not had one blockage w/this new one, and now I regularly get five days between changes.
I think I still have a hernia where my old stoma was, and I've been back and forth on whether to get it checked out again ... .really not in the mood for another surgery, I get that. My surgeon saw it a while ago and said to come back if it got bigger or I was worried, that there was no need to do a CT if there's no plan to treat. I guess it might be easier to fix as there's no stoma on that side anymore.
As for risk factors, I don't smoke and am not overweight (well, a few pounds heavier than I'd like to be). My surgeon says I didn't do anything wrong, it's just bad luck.... I am a whole lot more careful about lifting than I was before, though.... think I had a false sense of security for not having the risk factors.
In any case, moving your stoma might be an option, although clearly not a great one. Hang in.