Your Guide
to Recovery After
Ostomy Surgery

me+ Recovery Series

me+ Recovery Series

me+ Services and Care


The me+ Recovery series provides information and support about the importance of movement and physical activity after ostomy surgery.

The information presented here is not intended to provide medical advice. You should speak with your healthcare professional before engaging in physical activity following ostomy surgery.

In the event you experience pain or discomfort, stop the activity immediately and contact your healthcare professional.

Too many people are worried about harming themselves by doing physical activity, when in fact there are so many benefits to being active.

To address this, we developed the me+ Recovery series, which is based on gentle movements, guiding users through their recovery after ostomy surgery and beyond.

The me+ Recovery series provides important information on:

  • Lifting and moving safely
  • Strengthening the pelvic floor
  • A 3-phase core and abdominal series
  • And more

The me+ Recovery series consists a host of materials including: three phases of recovery handbooks with a progression of gentle movements.


Abdominal and Core Recovery Series

Work through it carefully, listen to your body and seek advice from a physical therapist or a highly trained exercise professional who is approved by your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

How to Use the Series

The moves included in this series are designed specifically for anyone who has had major abdominal surgery and is living with an ostomy, although they are suitable for everyone. They are gentle and appropriate for most people and you can do all the moves in the comfort of your own home. The movements in this series are not 'active abdominal or core' exercises, they are 'gentle recovery movements' to help reconnect with your abdominal muscles after surgery.

You can work through the moves stage by stage, taking into consideration your health and any other medical conditions. Ask your doctor, surgeon, or nurse for advice if you’re not sure.


The Series Has 3 Phases

Green Phase One


Start in the hospital and then continue at home. This phase is also the starting point if you’ve never done any abdominal movements before, even if your surgery was years ago.

Blue Phase Two


While slightly more challenging, these moves are still gentle. Make sure you have approval from your healthcare professional before progressing to this phase.

Purple Phase Three


These moves are a further progression and should only be done once you’re confident with the Blue Phase Two moves and have the go-ahead from your healthcare professional.