Post-Surgery Mobility Issues: Anyone Else Experience This?


I am new, this just happened. On top of ostomy I can't walk and my legs stopped working like normal, anyone have that after their surgery?


Perhaps not the same as what you're experiencing, but following my surgery, because I'd been in hospital for such a long time, my legs had to get used to me walking on them again.

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My surgeon told me that because I had such a major surgery, my body would take from the larger muscles to help heal itself. So my legs were weak for a long time afterwards. I just made sure I was eating extra protein and started walking each day. Wishing you the best.

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I had that problem, but like Henry, I was in the hospital for a very long time. It really doesn't take very long before your muscles begin weakening if you're on bed rest. I was walking very little, then had to have another surgery and was on bed rest for 2 weeks and had to start all over again. Just remember, it may seem like it will take forever to walk again... for me with everything that happened, it was one thing after another (my hospital stay was 6 months). It took me 4 months to walk again on my own without a walker or IV pole for support. Just don't give up. I was so frustrated at times, but eventually you'll get back to it again!


Your legs get weak really quick even after only a few days without walking, just keep getting up even if only to take a few steps at first. Your strength in legs will soon come back.

Did you have an epidural?

Words of Encouragement from Ostomy Advocates I Hollister

Push yourself to walk. Not only does it get your legs going and strengthens them, but it also gets your digestive tract going.


I agree with Alex. It can be difficult and painful to get moving again but it is a great help to both the body and the spirit.

Morning glory

I agree with all that has been said. Hang in there.

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