Exercise with a Stoma

As part of IA’s ongoing commitment to research, we were delighted to partially fund research undertaken by University of Highlands and Islands (primary funding by Bowel and Cancer Research). The initial study looked at exercise following stoma formation in patients with a cancer diagnosis with a following phase looking at stoma formation in patients with an IBD diagnosis (e.g. Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).

The aim of the research was to develop an exercise programme,  followed across a 12 week period, after stoma formation. The team identified a number of safe, gentle and importantly achievable exercises that patients can follow and would feel comfortable following alongside guidance from trained stoma care nurses. Until now there has been minimal research in exercise following stoma formation with many concerned about the risks associated with herniation by exercising either too soon or exercising incorrectly. To highlight the importance of exercise and to show how it can be done safely, the research team has produced a video. IA was not only delighted to part fund the research but also be involved in the video and represent the patient voice.

A manual was produced for use by qualified professionals following the research which is available from Bowel and Cancer Research here.

Before starting any exercise regime, IA strongly recommends you speak with a qualified advisor (exercise specialist or healthcare team/GP) so you can ensure the level of exercise you are undertaking is right for you. Please remember to stay hydrated when exercising; water is not always the best thing!