The IPAA Center
Tips from IPAA Team
At Boston Medical Center’s IPAA Center we realize surgery can be life-altering. In order to ensure the best quality of life possible for our patients we have created this website. Our team of physicians, nurses and dietitians provide advice on exercises, diets and other daily routines.
Strengthening your sphincter muscles
Sphincter muscles help control bowel function and are an important component to maintaining bowel control after the IPAA procedure. Like any other muscles, exercise is important to strengthening and toning your sphincter muscles. Linda Alexander, a certified wound and ostomy nurse at the IPAA Center, discusses how to perform Pelvic floor exercises that are designed to strengthen and tone the sphincter muscles.
- Download (PDF): Pelvic Floor Exercises
Fiber and your IPAA
It is important to pay attention to the amount of fiber in your diet after each step of your IPAA surgery. Lorrie Young, a Registered Dietitian at BMC, explains the two types of fiber and how to integrate fiber into your diet after your IPAA. If you are concerned about your nutritional needs after an IPAA, ask your primary care physician about a referral to BMC’s Nutrition and Weight Management Center where a Registered Dietitian will discuss meal planning and your IPAA.
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Post-Operative IPAA Diary
It is important for your physician to know how your body functions after your IPAA. You can use this diary to keep track of your bowel movements, diet, fiber and loperamide use.