First Spa Day as an Ostomate: Seeking Advice

Jan 20, 2023 1:10 pm

Morning all,

Fairly new at being an ostomate. Have a urostomy since October 13th. Doing my best to not let this slow me down. Went to the grocery store my first day out of the hospital, went to New York City, Montreal, and climbed 5 mountains as well as hitting the gym 4-5 days a week. That being said, I'm planning my first trip to the spa and have to admit this is terrifying to me a bit. If I get a leak on the mountain and there is no one to see, did I really get a leak...haha. The spa day will include a massage and use of a steam room and hot and cold baths. I plan on wearing a wrap along with bringing an emergency kit in case of a leak. The spa is in Montreal about an hour and a half north of me so involves crossing the border and we will likely tour the city after so can't rush home if I have an issue. Any other advice would be appreciated.

Jan 20, 2023 1:14 pm

Have fun!! You seem like you covered all your bases so just go and have fun!! Enjoy!! Let us know how well it went!

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Morning glory
Jan 20, 2023 11:08 pm

It seems like you're in good shape to be as active so soon after surgery. I think you have it together. Just relax and enjoy the day.

Jan 23, 2023 12:07 am


I am a pool fanatic and I can suggest using the Hy-Tape Zinc Oxide waterproof pink tape (latex-free).

This is how I can spend 1 hour in a heated pool and jacuzzi with peace of mind. I use the 1/2 inch.

Have a blast!

Your friend

Jan 23, 2023 1:14 am

Enjoy yourself. Remember to stay hydrated when using the steam.

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Jan 23, 2023 3:47 am
Reply to Yourfriend

Thanks, I went today and had no problems, but I will get the tape as I live on the lake in the summer.

Jan 24, 2023 2:39 pm
Reply to Riva

I used to drink tons of water before, during, and after the spa but purposely drank very little until I got home. I drove into Montreal, Canada for the spa and did not want to have issues getting the massage, going into the baths, or driving across the border. Luckily, everything worked perfectly but still ordered the tape you recommended for the long days on the lake.