Nightingale Medical Supplies carries Fulcionel hernia support garments and CUI ostomy undergarments. These may help ostomates from developing a hernia post-operatively, or provide support and security if a hernia is already present.
When do I need support?
Support garments can help to prevent a hernia forming, or offer security when a hernia is already present. Activity or work can then continue with the added assurance, protection, comfort and stability depending on individual needs. Garments come in many different forms to suit many different requirements, situations or activities. There are also differing levels of support to suit with adjustability and wearability to provide a balance between support and comfort.
When should I wear support?
Research and opinion indicates that if you have a stoma, almost half of all ostomates develop a hernia post-operatively. Since there is a higher risk of hernia formation, a hernia support belt should be considered and worn during any periods of activity. This can be during any routine activity, work or leisure but especially if doing anything strenuous such as lifting or exercise. Essentially any exertion that puts any strain on the body (even a cough or cold will put pressure onto the abdominal area) which is then combined with any weakness in this area can lead to a hernia! If you have an existing hernia then it is suggested that support should be worn as often as possible.
Will support affect my stoma?