The references on this page constitute more detailed recommendations compiled by Adrian March, principally in response to queries raised by or on behalf of colostomates, relating to exercise in relation to hernias and hernia repairs. Please raise any queries, or suggest additions, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the suggestions made are based on extensive experience, and most have been approved by members of the medical profession, but it must be realised that Adrian does not know the colostomate who may be making use of them, and you are advised to show any recommendation relating to exercise or putting stress on the body to your GP or surgeon before following it.
Exercising With a Hernia - Just because you have a hernia there is no need to abandon exercise. This document outlines the precautions which should be taken, and outlines how they should be applied to a few of the more popular exercise and sporting activities.
Exercise After Abdominal Hernia Repair - After the repair of an abdominal hernia, it is desirable to strengthen the rectus abdominis muscle to minimise the risk of a recurrence, but too much exercise is worse than too little. These notes should help the patient to steer an appropriate middle course. For some activities, it may be useful also to strengthen the external obliques, and appropriate exercises are described.
Exercise After Inguinal Hernia Repair - An inguinal hernia is in a slightly different category from an abdominal hernia, in that there is no obvious muscular wall to be restored, but there can still be a weakness in the various structures in the groin, often caused by injury. This means that rehabilitation after repair more or less amounts to the progressive, and cautious, return to the level of physical activity previously enjoyed by the patient. This reference outlines the approach which should be adopted. Added February 2014.
Lose Weight Despite a Hernia - There being no magic potion to do the job, successful weight loss depends on an appropriate combination of diet and exercise. To help those who are concerned about a hernia or other abdominal weakness, or would find it embarrassing to go to a gym, recommendations are offered for exercises which can work all the major muscles of the body without at the same time stressing the abdominals, and which if necessary can be done at home without special equipment.
Minimising the Risk of Parastomal Hernia - The key to minimising the risk of a parastomal hernia lies in maintaining adequately strong abdominal musculature. This note provides recommendations for strengthening exercises, which could be undertaken before as well as after surgery. It also offers comments on exercises which an ostomate might wish to undertake, and precautions which should be observed.