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Exercise Issues

Question:

In a recent article from Ostomy Canada, included in the Stratford ON support group newsletter, it mentioned that exercise can help strengthen the abdominal wall after ostomy surgery. I was very interested in this item as it appears to be opposite to the information I received from a visit to my local Care Partners clinic. However, the article did not make any suggestions as to what exercises would be helpful to those, such as me, who have had a permanent ileostomy performed.

Response:

You have asked a very good and very commonly asked question.  

 It is suggested to see a physiotherapist who can assess your abdominal muscles and develop an exercise program for you to strengthen your core or your abdominal muscles safely.  

 For good information and exercise suggestions, please see the links below.

https://meplus.convatec.com/articles/post-surgery-dos-and-don-ts-of-exercise/

https://www.hollister.com/en/OstomyCare/OstomyLearningCenter/LivingWithAnOstomy/ExercisingAfterOstomySurgery6CommonQuestions

https://www.coloplastcare.com/en-GB/ostomy/lifestyle/sport-and-exercise/l2.7-4-great-abdominal-exercises/

https://iasupport.org/pdfs/exercises_for_ostomates.pdf

https://www.hollister.com/~/media/files/pdfs%E2%80%93for%E2%80%93download/ostomy%E2%80%93care/living%E2%80%93with%E2%80%93an%E2%80%93ostomy_sports%E2%80%93and%E2%80%93fitness_923127-0417.pdf

And a facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ostomylifestyleathletes/

Exercise is very important for our physical and mental health.  Remember to start slow and progress gradually.

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