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A survey on practices for parastomal hernia prevention and repair among ESCP surgeons

  • M. I. Aslam
  • I. Rubio-PerezEmail author
  • N. J. Smart
  • B. Singh
  • on behalf of European Society of Coloproctology Education Committee
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Parastomal hernia (PSH) remains an unsolved problem for colorectal surgeons. The creation of a stoma alters the container function and equilibrium of the abdominal wall, and some degree of herniation always occurs. If we add risk factors such as age, obesity, chronic pulmonary conditions and cancer, which are commonly present in patients that receive a stoma, the incidence of hernia increases dramatically. Symptomatic PSH can highly affect the patient’s quality of life, conditioning pain, bulging, stoma appliance leaks and skin problems.

The surgical repair of these hernias can be challenging, considering the weakened abdominal wall, the use of meshes in a contaminated environment and sometimes the need to completely re-site the stoma. In some cases of high-risk patients with comorbidities, conservative treatment is even proposed over surgery. The optimal technique to repair PSH, the optimal mesh or fixation type is still unclear, and the studies comparing various...



The authors would like to thank the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) for their support and all the members who answered the survey.


This survey received no funding.

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Conflict of interest

All the authors have completed the ICMJE COI forms. MIA declares no conflict of interest. IRP reports personal fees from Medtronic, personal fees from MSD, outside the submitted work. NS reports grants from UK National Institute of Health Research, during the conduct of the study; personal fees from Medtronic, personal fees from WL Gore, outside the submitted work. BS declares no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

Approval from the institutional review Board was not required for this study (based on anonymous questionnaires to surgeons).

Human and animal rights

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

For this anonymous and voluntary questionnaire that did not involve patients, formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Colorectal SurgeryUniversity Hospitals of Leicester NHS TrustLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Education CommitteeEuropean Society of Coloproctology (ESCP)LondonUK
  3. 3.Colorectal Surgery Unit, Department of General SurgeryHospital Universitario La PazMadridSpain
  4. 4.Department of Colorectal SurgeryRoyal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation TrustExeterUK

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