When my husband had his ileostomy, he had a support belt (wide type - not the wee skinny ones) that he used when on his bicycle, motorbike or when working in the garden. It meant that his bag was much more secure when doing these activities and he could be quite confident that they wouldn't cause the bag seal to come away.
After his latest operation, he now has a permanent colostomy. When speaking to the stoma nurse, we mentioned that he was thinking of getting another belt. However, she surprised us when she said that they don't recommend them as they can cause hernias. This took us by surprise - so much so that we didn't think to ask why they would cause a hernia. It has us puzzled especially when these belts are typically used by folks who already have hernias?!? My husband's next appointment to see the nurse is not for a few week, and we'll ask her why this is their thinking, but I was wondering if this is well known theory and what other health professionals opinions were on this matter?