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How can exercise help people with ulcerative colitis (UC) recover from surgery faster?

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If you had an operation to treat your ulcerative colitis, regular exercise may make your recovery easier. After surgery, ask your doctor when it's OK to start to work out again. If you're in good shape and you exercised regularly before your operation, you can probably start as soon as you feel up to it. For the first month, you may want to work out more slowly, perhaps for 30 to 45 minutes twice a week. But check with your doctor.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Wolin, K.  , February 2009. British Journal of Cancer

American Cancer Society: "The Complete Guide -- Nutrition and Physical Activity."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Keeping Fit," "Extraintestinal Complications: Bone Loss," "Living with Ulcerative Colitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "About laparoscopic intestinal surgery."

Narula N. and Fedorak R.  , May 2008. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Wolin, K.  , February 2009. British Journal of Cancer

American Cancer Society: "The Complete Guide -- Nutrition and Physical Activity."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Keeping Fit," "Extraintestinal Complications: Bone Loss," "Living with Ulcerative Colitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "About laparoscopic intestinal surgery."

Narula N. and Fedorak R.  , May 2008. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

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