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Post-op exercise

Your specialist nurse or a physiotherapist may show you some easy exercises which can be carried out almost immediately after surgery. These help to build your muscle strength and can be helpful in reducing the risk of developing a hernia. The most important thing is to discuss any exercises with your specialist nurse, GP or other medical professional before you start.

  • Don’t do anything strenuous for 6 weeks after surgery. For example, don’t lift anything heavier than a kettle, no hoovering etc – this is standard advice after any type of abdominal surgery.
  • If you live on your own, you may need assistance with housework and other similar tasks until you are fully recovered.
  • Some companies have exercise programmes suitable for post-op recovery with a urinary diversion. Make sure that any programme you decide to follow is suitable for your specific needs.
  • Gentle walking and getting outside is a good activity to benefit you both mentally and physically.

You will usually be able to get back to most activities you enjoy within about 8 weeks, although strenuous activities should be avoided for 3 months. Your medical team will give you the best advice for your particular situation.