5 Tips For Returning To Work After Ostomy Surgery

Congratulations on your recovery and receiving the green light from your doctor to resume work! Returning to work after ostomy surgery can be challenging so you may need to make a few adjustments until you feel comfortable and confident. While prioritizing your recovery can be the most important thing, navigating the return to your normal routine, especially at work, can be a concern. Fortunately, we've created 5 invaluable tips to help you transition back to your professional life, ensuring your return is effortless and hassle-free!


1. Start Gradually

If possible, consider a phased return to work. Begin with shorter hours or part-time work to ease back into your routine. Be patient with your body as it gets stronger and stay in communication with your doctor about any restrictions you need to follow in the workplace.

2.Communication Is Key

Prior to your return, communicate with your employer or HR department about your needs and any accommodations you may need. Discuss any necessary adjustments to your workload, schedule, or workspace to guarantee a comfortable return.


3.Prepare Your Supplies

Make sure to pack extra ostomy supplies with you and bring them in your Stealth Belt ostomy travel bag to work. It is always great to be over prepared with a few changes of bags/supplies so you don’t have to stress and can focus on work. Wear your Stealth Belt and also bring an extra belt just in case you have any leaks at work. This can help protect your clothing and give you the time to go change your bag with less of a mess.

4. Take Breaks When Needed

Returning to work after surgery can be tiring. Listen to your body and make sure to take breaks when you need it. Focus on your hydration and communicate what you need to HR/ your employer so they know what’s going on.


5. Know Your Rights

Understand your rights regarding workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or similar legislation in your country. Employers are often legally obliged to make reasonable accommodations for employees with medical conditions.

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