I have been a self employedStonemasonfor over 35years. Until my mishap in Jan this year. I mainly work with granite a hard and heavy stone at the best of times. I love what i do' and get alot of satisfaction from it, I miss it.

Question is. After 2 open sugeries. Does the body ever get back to its original strength, core strength? Its been 6 months since my first sugery, another in about 3 weeks. But even now 6 months after the first i still feel weak in the core? normal?

Eg even when i split wood with the block splitter, There is no over the head swing, And i shudder at the thought of trying to hit a slab of granite with a sledge hammer.

Thanks Bill.

slab of granite with a sledge hammer


Hi Bill

You don't say if you have a stoma or have been reversed ?

Reply to Axl

Axl, Sorry mate im geting ahead of myself. I go in for revesal in about 2weeks, I may have a ilostomy for a while but yes the plan is to put everything? or whats left, back in place. I finished up work just before christmass 22. Then the shit hit the fan early Jan23. But i mean, after/ if the reversal goes good.? I was just wondering how long until the core strength returns, or if it never will.

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Reply to Newhere

In my book it takes a good year to recover from major abdominal surgery and get properly back to square one, more so after multiples. As you will be currently aware a fair bit of caution is required for lifting with a stoma for obvious reasons. I lift weights but don't do anything stupid and wear an elastic belt while training as I do have a stoma. As for when you get your reversal, everyone is different unfortunately and as you ask, there is how long for incision repairing and then strength, stamina etc, even weight loss. I have had two inguinal hernias prior to the stoma and I just don't remember how long they took to heal but somewhere along the line you just forget it even happened. I would expect to be doing your work normally within a couple of months, and it will be completely different to your time with a stoma. I did have a jpouch for 12 months and after the incision healed in maybe a month or so I was off and running. Important thing is to let your recovery come to you and not rush it, it won't do you any good. I've always admired stonemason work too, looks to me to be a good way to make a living and building things with your hands that last forever.

All the best


Hi Newhere, Its safe to say that Axl is bang on with his remarks and to emphasise that point, you only have to read through the pages of MAO and you'll have &lsquoall on' to read through the vast amount of information on stomates who have serious Hernia problems caused by any number of reasons from quite simple actions, to the usual working with anything requiring heavy or strong manual involvement without the correct protection. In our cases we are advised right from the outset to get a good stoma protection abdominal belt for good reason. Now that I've said that I'll own up and admit that I'm not perfect, ( did I actually just say that,...don't tell my bloody wife 'cos she'll blackmail me into making 6 cups o' tea a day!!.... Never!!) and how I have ever managed to stop my friggin' nut-sack from swinging over mi' tossin' shoulder I will never know, but I've done my share of dip-shit temptation of the proverbial providence in the past to look back and realise that when I see these pages open up with mountains of advice I find myself hoping that those of us who ask for the advice, actually take it.

Thing is Newhere, It took around 6 months after my surgery and subsequent weight loss for my fight to eat enough and start to balance the scales back up again, and for the strength to rise up to what I am used to having took a full 12 months before I felt more normal. Of course 'normal' depends on your own individuality.

Good luck,


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Yes but we just have to live with risk of developing hernia's even after your reversal core exercises are the best thing we can do in the fight against hernia's if you Google safe abdominal exercises to do with a stoma you should find some on there and youtube might be more helpful seeing someone doing them on there

Reply to Axl

Axl,Thanks for taking the time to answer, much appreciated.

Reply to Briutz

ThanksBruits for your comments,

Reply to Ben38

Ben38,Thanks, and yes i will be carefull.


Ability and strength are among if younger people who are had surgery early. Particularly with stoma is hanging outside your skin.. I still not want to trying to carry too much groceries and hold my stoma when I laugh and ;, coughing . In particular the summer heat does expanding the stoma coming out from my skin. I am not comfortable and your case is planning to back to original lifting challenge .. you are brave in your mind, not sure your body can synchronize the same.
wish you carefully rethinking what is worth. All the best.


Just be careful when lifting, we are very prone to Parastomal Hernias, I know because I got one and had it fixed up last August and that slowed me down more than having the Ileostomy in the first place, so take it easy mate one day at a time. Good luckRegards IGGIE


I agree with Axl and Briutz. My husband had his ileostomy at age 79 and was weak as a kitten initially. Due to his prior stroke he had to go to rehab for a few weeks. A year later he is going to the gym 3 times a week.


Some excellent posts. I had chemo/radiation for prostate cancer n chemo(2 rounds)/radiation for bladder cancer. The radiated tissue def takes longer to heal. I was 69 for final surgery - urostomy - and it took about 6 months to feel I could work on building myself back up. Now 2+ years n I feel I'm getting a lot closer but realize at my age I may not get to 90-100 of where I was n I'm ok with that.
surgeon said no power lifting - not an issue for me! ;I do wear stealth belt or support briefs/cover when at the gym.
golf, gym n yoga r no problem but ur involved with much more physical demands so be patient n maybe get advice from surgeon. mine outlined an initial program for me to return to golf for instance

good luck


I'm 65, took me about 2 months to gain back 20 pounds and be able to walk somewhat normally again. Get a comfortable stoma support belt. It's real easy to get a hernia. Take it easy. Takes a while to adjust to your new little buddy..... stoma.

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