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Patient Support Information: Helping Your Patients Recover From Ostomy Surgery

The Convatec me+™ Recovery program is designed to support patients, through their physical recovery after ostomy surgery. Focusing on gentle core exercises, this three-phase program is a progressive set of movements that rehabilitates the abdominal muscles and encourages physical activity so that your patients can get back to living the lives they want.
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About me+™ Recovery

The me+™ recovery program , provides information and support about the importance of movement and physical activity after ostomy surgery.

Many patients are worried about harming themselves by doing physical activity, when in fact there are so many benefits to being active. To address this, Convatec  developed the me+ recovery series alongside  Sarah Russell, MSc, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Cancer Rehabilitation Instructor and Clinical Pilates Teacher. Sarah has lived with an ileostomy since 2010. The program is informed by scientific evidence; the me+™ recovery breathing techniques and specifically selected core abdominal exercises have been brought together with the principles of abdominal rehabilitation and clinical Pilates, as well as practice-based evidence from healthcare professionals and those living with stomas. It is based-on gentle movements - guiding users through their recovery after ostomy surgery and beyond.

The me+ recovery series provides patients important information on:

  • A 3-phase core and abdominal program 
  • Lifting and moving safely
  • Strengthening the pelvic floor

The me+™ recovery series consists of a host of materials including: patient literature  with a progression of gentle movements and a complementary collection of videos.

The information in this series is not intended to provide specific medical advice. As each patient is unique, Convatec would always suggest patients should speak with their health care professional before engaging in any physical activity following surgery. In the event of pain or discomfort, the patient should stop the activity immediately and contact a health care professional.

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The ASCN (The Association of Stoma Nurses) clinical guidelines recommend that stoma patients commence ‘core exercises’ at 3-4 days following their surgery.  They advise ALL patients with a stoma should be informed of  the core abdominal exercises that should be initiated post operatively, as they will contribute to maintaining strength and reducing the weakness of the rectus abdominus. Furthermore, these exercises are deemed as a minimal exercise regime and further advice to slowly build up and continue exercising is beneficial. 1

The me+™ recovery breathing techniques and specially selected core abdominal exercises have been chosen with the understanding of the principles of abdominal rehabilitation and clinical Pilates.

me+™ recovery focuses  on techniques controlling breathing, alongside supporting  the functional aspects of the deep core musculature, involving co-activation of the diaphragm, pelvic floor, and transverse abdominal muscles, supporting the management of intra-abdominal pressure, and therefore supports the reduction  of peristomal hernia risk factors 1, 2, 3,4

We recognise that patients may have concerns when you first suggest the need for  abdominal exercises after surgery, their initial thoughts may be of more gym-based exercises.  The 3-phase me+™ recovery exercises start very gentle, focusing on rehabilitation, and allow progression at the pace of the patient.  Such exercises have been deemed feasible post stoma surgery based on evaluation of pain, discomfort and difficulty.5 Patients who have participated in such exercise regimes were positive toward the abdominal exercises and found them easy to perform. 6

As part of the me+ program, Convatec offers a movement and recovery series designed to help guide your patients through their recovery after ostomy surgery and improve long term success.

To learn more or enroll your patient in me+, call 1-800-422-8811.

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The information in this series is not intended to provide medical advice. Patients should speak with a health care professional before engaging in physical activity following surgery. In the event of pain or discomfort, the patient should stop the activity immediately and contact a health care professional.

1. The Association of Stoma Care Nurses UK [ASCN] Stoma Care National Clinical Guidelines 2016 https://ascnuk.com/_userfiles/pages/files/national_guidelines.pdf

2. Hubbard, G., Beeken, R. J., Taylor, C., Oliphant, R., Watson, A., Munro, J., Russell, S., & Goodman, W. (2020). HALT (Hernia Active Living Trial): protocol for a feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial of a physical activity intervention to improve quality of life in people with bowel stoma with a bulge/parastomal hernia. Pilot and feasibility studies, 6, 142.

3. Hagins M, Lamberg E M, Natural breath control during lifting tasks: effect of load. Eur J Appl Physiol (2006) 96: 453–458 DOI 10.1007/s00421-005-0097-1

4. Hagins, M., Pietrek, M., Sheikhzadeh, A., Nordin, M., & Axen, K. (2004). The effects of breath control on intra-abdominal pressure during lifting tasks. Spine, 29(4), 464–469.

5. Andersen R M, Thomsen T,  Kjærgaard Danielsen A, Ismail G,  Alkjær T,  Nordentoft T, Possfelt-Møller  E, &  Vinther A,  (2022) Evaluation of abdominal exercises after stoma surgery: a descriptive study, Disability and Rehabilitation, 44:5, 710-719, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1771620

6. Andersen R M, Thomsen T,  Kjærgaard Danielsen A, Ismail G,  Alkjær T,  Nordentoft T, Possfelt-Møller  E, &  Vinther A,  (2022) Patients’ experiences of abdominal exercises after stoma surgery: a qualitative study, Disability and Rehabilitation, 44:5, 720-726, DOI:10.1080/09638288.2020.1824246

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