Hernias are very common, people can live a perfectly normal life with a hernia or bulge in the abdominal wall without ever needing a surgical intervention. Hernias can occur following surgery along the area where you may have been operated on, these are called incisional hernias, others are called umbilical hernias, in and around the belly button, others are called parastomal hernias, in and around or behind a stoma. Most however do not need surgery. In some instances they can cause issues if they get bigger such as pain, a dragging sensation, swelling, reduced mobility, body image issues, and in some rare cases strangulation which is a medical emergency. In fact up to 70% of Ostomates will develop one.
What can cause them?
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The good news is you can do something to help your body and mind deal with an abdominal bulge or hernia. Research tells us that those who were physically active and wore support garments were less likely to report having a hernia.
Physio and core exercises as well as good fitting support garments are key places to start.
Keeping yourself as fit and active as possible will definitely help your post operative outcomes if you do require surgery. We don't expect you to run a marathon if you've never run one before, equally nothing stopping you from running a marathon if you want to. What we mean is even in your own home, confined to a chair or bed, you can do some excercises that can help your core. Give yourself a little challenge and set an alarm to move every 20-30 mins.
Easier said than done! we know this, which is why we have developed this range of hernia supportive devices to help.
Our Supportwear will not roll down, provided you are in the correct size. It will provide even support over the abdomen,hernia,and or stoma ( if you have one) reducing the chances of leaks. Our hernia briefs are extremely comfortable and versatile - and made from breathable fabric that will also reduce sweating and skin irritations.
UK CUSTOMERS ONLY: You are entitled to apply annually, via the NHS, for three single Hernia Supportwear. (For men we have Supportwear Vests, Briefs, Boxers and Belts.)
- 92% Cotton
- 8% Elastane
As with all underwear, special care and attention should be taken when washing your garment.
Make sure you wash dark colours separately and wash at 30 Degree. Do not tumble dry, bleach, or dry clean any of these items. Iron at a cool temperature.