You can do any activity with a stoma, including sport, exercise or going out, as long as you know when to be a bit cautious.
Though most things are easier in the comfort of home, it is really important to get back to living and enjoying all the things that you were doing before your surgery. That includes going out. Whether it could be a quiet drink in a local bar, a meal out at a restaurant, or visiting friends, nothing should stop you.
To build up the confidence to go ahead and do it, give yourself small targets in the beginning. Perhaps things like using a public toilet for the first time or visiting a relative or planning a day away. Gradually, you will feel ready for more – and wider-ranging – activities. Be patient, and try not to rush yourself.
Almost without exception, you will benefit from doing some level of exercise. What type and amount depends greatly on what you did before your surgery, but both swimming and brisk walking are fantastic (and low-injury risk) ways to keep fit and keep your energy levels up.
Until your stoma and abdominal area are fully healed, strenuous activities can put you at risk of getting a hernia. To minimise the risk of hernia, you should avoid any kind of heavy lifting (anything more than 3-4 kg) for the first six to eight weeks after your surgery.
Later on there are nearly no limits to what you can do, as long as you take the right precautions. But you should always ask your doctor or Stomal Therapy Nurse to give the green light before you start exercising.
This website includes general guidelines. Always follow the instructions by your Healthcare Professional.
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