Before I got a sigmoid colostomy I spent 5 years going to the bathroom 15x / day. During that time I was very fit and practiced intermediate Tae Kwon Do & Kenjutsu. I had excellent training in both styles so I had no trouble practicing alone, and maintained very good form. Since getting the ostomy I've found it completely impossible to exercise and am now crippled. Here's why you can't do martial arts with an ostomy:
1. Your core strength comes from your abdomen and bicycle seat area. Having a big hole in your stomach and the bicycle seat cut-out/sewn-up leaves you very weak & frail. Your risk of abdominal hernia increases by a factor of 40. Imagine living with a soft-ball sized hernia, having multiple failed surgeries to fix it, and it hurts you every day for the rest of your life.. This is only one of many likely injuries.
2. Having an ostomy destroys your ability to eat food. Even liquid meals are incapacitating. So you have a small liquid dinner that has to sustain you all the next day. Deprived of glucose, your body routinely cannibalizes your muscles and you have stick-thin arms & legs. Your peripheral strength is now gone.
3. Your brain is equally deprived of fuel, and your insides are intensely uncomfortable, so you can't think anywhere near your best. Your reflexes, reactions, and coordination are very poor compared to your pre-surgery levels. Your brain is now as ill-equipped to fight as your body.
4. You're starving, crashing and totally out of energy. Its hard enough to clean/air the ostomy smell out of the house every day and stumble around outside for "exercise". Good luck doing 200 kick drills.
5. You always smell like crap with an ostomy. So you live in complete isolation and can't train with others. This means you can only practice moves that you already know very well, as you CANNOT learn martial arts over the internet. If you don't already know it, you never will.
Summary - Go into surgery at 25 in top physical/mental shape, and you will come out of it with the strength of a 65-year-old, the durability of an 80-year-old, and the smell of a rotting corpse.
Post Edited (JS44) : 9/15/2016 5:10:10 PM (GMT-6)