What is Stoma Hernia?

What is stoma hernia?


Stoma hernia happens when part of your intestines sticks out through a stoma. A stoma is a small opening created in your abdominal wall during surgeries that allows you to pass waste into a bag.

Senior people and people with obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory diseases are more likely to have this condition.

As many as 78% patients get the disease after the surgery to create a stoma.


Stoma hernia can occur soon after the operation or may develop months or years later. The main symptoms of stoma hernia include:

  • Feel pain and discomfort around your stoma
  • Have trouble keeping your stoma appliance in place
  • See bulging around your stoma


Having a stoma after abdominal surgeries may weaken your abdominal muscles. This may eventually lead to stoma hernia. Also,  there are other factors that may worsen the situation.

  • Smoking
  • Increasing age
  • Obesity
  • Malnutrition
  • Corticosteroid use
  • Infections after the surgery
  • Coughing

Treatment for Small Hernia

For small hernia, surgery is not needed. In that case, people with the conditions can use the help of the hernia belt to provide better support to the abdominal wall. Although,  there’s no strong evidence that the belt can prevent the hernia from further enlargement.

Treatment for Symptomatic Hernia

When the hernia becomes symptomatic, it is necessary to have surgical repair. There are several surgical repair options available. Doctors can close the stoma, relocate the stoma, conduct hernia repair and use mesh inserts to treat the symptoms.

Should you have any concerns about the treatment, please go to the doctor for more professional advice.

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