Posted 7/24/2016 8:50 AM (GMT -6)
Hmmmm I don't remember specific swelling around my stoma but I did have bruised skin around my stoma for several weeks after surgery and just seemed overal swollen or lumpy on that side of my body. It was a bluish ring all the way around and started to fade after a month or so but could still see it at 6 weeks.
In the hospital they said 6-8 weeks at least for things to get to their more normal shape and size. However that said I just noticed the other day that I finally think that side of my body looks flatter and more even and that was after about 4 months.
I'm not sure how to tell the difference between post op swelling and a hernia. That is a big fear of mine and I worried obsessively about it initially. Especially as I became more active. I have finally relaxed a little about it and that's when I noticed that side of me finally looking flatter bc I'm always checking it when I change.
I hope you see some improvement soon!