Coloplast & Colostomy UK

Providing support and advice to help you manage life with a stoma

We work with and support Colostomy UK in order to reach out to people with a stoma and provide information about the different solutions available to help you live life the way you want to.

Whichever stage you are at, whether you've recently had stoma surgery, or you've been living with a stoma for a while, we have information and advice to help you get back to your daily routines.

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Whether you are expecting to go through stoma surgery in the future or have years of experience, the advice you get through Coloplast Care can help you do more of the things you like to do.

Food & drink

Food & drink

Learn how to adjust your diet and drinking habits to accommodate your stoma Read more about food & drink with a stoma

Food & drink with a stoma

Enjoying a meal at a restaurant is one of life's great joys - and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be able to do that after your surgery, assuming your doctor has given the green light to resume a normal diet. You might have already tried dining out again, but it is completely understandable if you do not feel quite ready yet.

Choose a familiar place

No matter what, a good strategy is to start with a familiar restaurant and keep it simple when ordering. There is no need to be overly cautious, just be sensible. In the beginning, however, you may want to order a type of food that you have already tried at home first so you know how you will be likely to react. As you gradually expand your diet, you will feel more confident when eating out as well.

Show restraint when drinking

Even if you are used to having a drink at home, it could well be best to 'start small'. For example, drink a small beer rather than a large one. This will help your body build up your tolerance to alcohol again and help lessen – or completely avoid - any reactions.



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Sport & exercise

Sport & exercise

Learn why sport and exercise are good for both you and your stoma. Read more about sport & exercise with a stoma

Sport & exercise with a stoma

Exercising makes your everyday life easier to manage. Especially in the months after your surgery, where it can really help speed up the recovery, as the physical activity gives you more energy and makes you stronger and better equipped to cope with illnesses. Furthermore, exercise can prevent complications that may otherwise occur from sitting or lying down too long.

Being fit can make your pouch fit even better

A great side effect of exercising – and for many people the main reason for exercise in the first place – is weight-loss or weight-maintenance. Depending on the shape of your stoma a firmer, flatter abdomen could make it easier to get a tight fit from your ostomy appliance, thereby minimizing leakage risks. So by exercising and losing weight there is a good chance you can reduce some of the problems you might have otherwise had.

The Core 4

Strengthening your core muscles is the first step in resuming an active, healthy life. Working with leading healthcare professionals in the UK we have developed the Core 4. This simple set of 4 exercises are designed for use before stoma surgery, after surgery and throughout your life. Learn more about these 4 great abdominal exercises.

 



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Social life

Social life

From going out on the town to staying home with friends, this is where you’ll find tips on rebuilding your social life with a stoma. Read more about socialising

Don't let your stoma keep you at home

Though most things are easier in the comfort of home, it is really important to get back to doing all the things that you were doing before your surgery. That includes going out.

Will it be awkward?

It is only natural to be concerned about having to explain yourself to new people, but remember that you do not owe them an explanation of your condition.

Have a short explanation ready

Sometimes, preparing a short and confident explanation will help put your mind at ease for the rest of the evening. For instance, you could explain that you've been unwell, and because of that you've had major surgery and now wear an ostomy pouch. Avoid being too technical, and be open to questions - without over-sharing. Never feel you have to explain details of your surgery to everyone who asks.

 

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