Question: Seeking Exercise Recommendations for Strengthening Abdominal Wall Post-Ileostomy Surgery

I recently read an article from Ostomy Canada, featured in the Stratford ON support group newsletter, that emphasized the benefits of exercise in strengthening the abdominal wall after ostomy surgery. This intrigued me, as it seems to contradict the advice I received from my local Care Partners clinic. Unfortunately, the article did not provide specific exercise recommendations for someone like me who has undergone a permanent ileostomy. Could you provide guidance on what exercises would be beneficial in my situation?

Response: Navigating Safe and Effective Exercise Post-Ileostomy

Your interest in strengthening your abdominal muscles post-ileostomy surgery is both valid and beneficial. It’s important to approach this with caution and proper guidance.

  1. Consultation with a Physiotherapist:
    • It’s advisable to consult a physiotherapist who can assess your abdominal muscles and create a tailored exercise program. This ensures that you strengthen your core muscles safely and effectively.
  2. Reliable Exercise Resources:
  3. Starting Slow and Gradual Progression:
    • Remember to start with low-intensity exercises and gradually increase intensity. This approach helps avoid strain or injury, especially in the early stages of recovery.
  4. Monitoring and Adjusting:
    • Pay attention to how your body responds to different exercises. If you experience discomfort or unusual symptoms, it’s important to adjust your routine or consult a healthcare professional.

Exercise plays a crucial role in enhancing both physical and mental well-being. By following these guidelines and seeking professional advice, you can safely incorporate exercise into your lifestyle post-ileostomy.

Best wishes for a healthy and active journey ahead.


Andrea Manson
Retired Healthcare Professional