Re: Colostomy and working?
Most people find life with an ostomy is not much different than before. People who need to do heavy lifting can do strengthening exercises for their abdomen and lower back and wear a support belt. This is not much different than from anyone who has any type of abdominal surgery. The main problem would be a hernia around the stoma. After you have found which appliance and products work best for you there should never be any problems with the appliance "popping" off. The best advice is to make sure you have an ET nurse or WOCN (ostomy specialists) do a proper siting of the stoma before surgery. Also check around for ostomy support sites on the web for experiences and advice from those who are living full lives after this type of surgery. Most often you'll find people experiencing happy, active and healthy, "normal" lives!
Last edited by West Coast Girl; 01-21-2011 at 10:44 AM.