Guide to Ostomy Accessories: Hernia Belts/Bands

Guide to Ostomy Accessories: Hernia Belts/Bands

Hernia prevention is something that all ostomates should know about, and hernia belts are an accessory designed to both prevent and/or manage parastomal hernias.

This video is part of a series explaining what various ostomy accessories are intended for.

A full article about this product can be found here:

Ostomy Accessories Guide: Hernia Belts

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13 Comments

  1. Tim Anderson : Wildman on December 29, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Very helpful especially the rolling computer screen with brands on the left side that helps a lot to get me going.



  2. Adrianne Showalter Matlock on December 29, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    I was 26 when I had my colostomy surgery (stage III rectal cancer). I was not informed (that I can recall) that having an ostomy puts you at risk of developing a hernia. At 32, I developed a parastomal hernia. So far, I have been managing the hernia by wearing support garments and/or a hernia belt (details below), and trying to postpone hernia repair surgery as long as I can. I did not notice my hernia for 6-9 months after I developed it, so I’m not sure what specifically might have caused it. I DO recommend to anyone with an ostomy to try wearing a hernia belt from the start, before getting a hernia. I know the science on all this is still developing, but some studies have shown that this can help prevent a hernia in some people.
    Regarding what I wear for my hernia: some days I wear a 3" Nu-Support belt w/ a 2-3/8" opening. I had originally purchased the 6" belt thinking ‘the wider the better,’ but I am pretty short and it was jamming into my ribs uncomfortably. Other days I wear ‘shapewear’ that I bought from Target. It’s basically Jockey brand slimming underwear. I found that in order to achieve the right amount of pressure to keep my hernia in, I need to wear 2 at once: a very high-waisted one folded down, and then a mid-rise one layered over the first. This is much more comfortable to me than the hernia belt because the material is softer, irritates my skin less, and doesn’t ride up. The limitation is that it is so tight it can cause my bag to leak. The way I make this work is by doing colon irrigation once a day. I know this is not an option for all colostomates, but I HIGHLY recommend learning about colon irrigation if you have enough of your colon left. (I still have my ascending, transverse, and descending colon because my tumor was in my rectum).
    I am still learning to cope with having a hernia, and will notice it protruding about 1-3 times a day. I lay on my back, relax, take deep breaths, and use my hands to push the hernia back ‘inside’, then put my hernia belt or shapewear underwear layers on while still laying on my back. It is going on 1 year since I had a bowel obstruction (which is how I found out about my hernia), so this seems to be working ok. I have stayed out of the hospital and been able to be mostly as active as I was before. A far from ideal condition, as I have noticed an instance recently that I am pretty sure enlarged the opening that the hernia protrudes through 🙁 but overall, working pretty well.



  3. greena kalra on December 29, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Hi…
    From where can I get brochure of these hernia preventative belts? Can you suggest me something online? For brochure.



  4. Khaled Termanini on December 29, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve managed to herniate myself again, just a month after I’ve had my hernia repair surgery. No heavy lifting. Just simply from coughing a lot due a bad cold. Could a hernia belt be worn over or under the stealth belt? Need all the advice you can give please. Hernia is pretty bad and the stealthbelt is now
    Useless as my bulge is pretty large now #nopunintended



  5. v Van Meer on December 29, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    I was born with hirsburngs in 1962, and had 7 different surgeries before 7 trying to get it fixed, now I am 58, in 2017 they found a mass in my colon but already at this point had a hernia, My Surgery once again was 7.5 hrs now I am in search of a hernia belt, I may have 3, one under the stoma, 1 to the left and 1 maybe in groin doctors are unsure, how ever in the last 2 years I have gained 30 plus pounds, and I don’t have a nurse here in Michigan to fit, the last one I had was in Iowa, abut just can’t find a doctor or stoma nurse to help. vanmeerv@gmail.com if anyone has suggestions..



  6. The Front Butt YouTuber on December 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Great video!



  7. Blah Comments on December 29, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    So does a stealth belt prevent hernias or no, or is it just supporting the ostomy site but not preventing hernias? I see they have different stealth belts.



  8. matrix26uk on December 29, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    My wife had her illeostomy reseated to the opposite side. A hernia has appeared at the old site. Is there a support belt available for this?



  9. tailor HU on December 29, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Hello I need size 60 is no in my country of Iraq



  10. Lisa Smith on December 29, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    And pain pain and more pain



  11. Grandma Bean on December 29, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    My daughter has worn one of these for years now. It is not daily but frequently &
    At first was just to hold her appliance on but now she has a hernia so it is medically necessary.
    Insurance has never paid for her hernia belt but it was worth to pay out of pocket because
    It actually saved here leaking & having to yet change another ostomy. She has no insurance
    Now so we have to rely on ostomy closets for help as we have to pay for everything out of
    Pocket.



  12. Kinetic on December 29, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Another great video



  13. Sheila Mead on December 29, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    I would like to find atoma nurae!