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Colorectal Cancer: Ostomy

Exercise With An Ostomy

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Ostomy should not prevent exercise.

  • The main precaution if you have an ostomy is to avoid contact sports because a blow could result in injury to the stoma and because the pouching system could slip or become dislodged.
  • Weight lifting can result in a hernia at the stoma.
  • Strengthening exercises can still be performed.
  • Consider working with a physical therapist to develop a strengthening program that minimizes intra-abdominal pressure.

Swimming is okay if the ostomy is sealed. Each time before you go for a swim, test that your equipment sticks in water. One way to test your equipment is to get into a bathtub with your appliance submerged for at least 15 minutes. Wiggle and stretch to mimic swimming motions.



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