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Pain and gas with parastomal hernia

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Hi! I'm new here. I had hernia surgery 4 years ago to repair 3 hernias...2 umbilical and one inuagral. I have an underlying connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danloss which is the reason for all the hernias. In Sept/08 I had bowel surgery which ended up in a resection with a temp loop ileostomy. This was reversed in March/09. Now I have another hernia (parastomal??) around the site where the stoma was. I am feelng rather discouraged as it has been one surgery after another for me, year after year. My question it normal to have alot of pain and gas with the type of hernia that I have?? It is almost unbearable at times it hurts so much. My surgeon is scheduling my repair for October. When I have the gas pains my tummy pops out in the area of the hernia lump. I can feel my bowels moving when I put my hand's really noticible. Is this normal??? Thanks for your replies.
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replied August 30th, 2009
Unfortunately, parastomal hernias are rather common and, yes, they can be uncomfortable. The greatest potential danger from hernias is the possibility of bowel strangulation and bowel obstruction, which can be life-threatening complications of hernias. If you should develop severe abdominal pain and distension with nausea and vomiting, then these symptoms could be a sign of bowel obstruction or/and strangulation, and you would need to be seen by a surgeon on an emergency basis.

Your parastomal hernia can be repaired at the time that your temporary loop ileostomy is reversed by your surgeon.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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