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Ostomy in the Pool?

Posted by DanEffler, on Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:24 am

Hello everyone, 

So it's fourth of July weekend and I want to go swimming! But I don't know how that's going to work now. I've had my illeostomy for around 6 months now and am still learning what I can and can not do with it. 

 

So my biggest fear is that my bag will just come off in the water. Is that a possibility?

Is there a limit on the time I can be in or activities I do in the water? 

 

Thanks to everyone that helps me out here. 

 

Reply by xnine, on Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:21 pm

I have a colonostomy and use a two piece system. I use a belt (an elastic one) and ware a bandeau (tube top) and a life jacket. I just check to be sure my flange is tight (not lifting)  and bag is not full.  I go in the ocean, play in the waves, float around and swim a bit. I find that heat and sweat are what causes more of a problem than the water does. I assume you have a one piece with a drain. Just be sure it is on tight  and have some fun. You could try some water proof tape for extra security.

Reply by Mrs.A, on Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:35 pm

Hi Dan,

Welcome to MAO! It's a bit to late to order even a sample for the 4th of July but when you can check out Sure Seal Rings. Here is a link: http://alpglobal.com/Sure-Seal-TM-Rings.html

This is one product I really rely on, even for daily wear. It goes on over your flange and keeps everything snug and secure.

Reply by DanEffler, on Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:38 pm

Thanks for the advice. 

 

I did go ahead and order the free sample. I'll try it out when it gets here. 

 

I do have an ostomy belt I use due too a tendency for parastomal hernias. 

Reply by LadyHope, on Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:35 am

Hi Dan, Going into the water should not be a problem if you have a secure fit with your wafer.  I was told/instructed not to go in the water the day of a wafer change, to allow the wafer to stick better to your body.  I also use the hytape (pink tape) that is waterproof around the wafer.  If you still feel unsure about diving in, I would look into purchasing a stealth belt or a wrap to add some additional security.  Ostomy secrets sells wraps as does other online companies.  Try googling the product for additional options.  In addition, you may be able to find something comparable at Walmart, KMart or Target.  Lastly, maybe try swimming for a short period of time like 10 - 15 minutes.  See how the wafer looks and go from there.  Take care and good luck!  LH

Reply by hwatkins, on Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:01 pm

Good question, Dan. I apologize for stealing your post, but I am wondering if anyone has information about health and safety factors if I were to swim in either a chlorine treated or salt water pool without any wafer or pouch at all. I have a urostomy and am concerned about my exposed stoma. I don't care about the occasional release of urine into the pool water.

Thanks, HW

Reply by rvhumbug, on Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:10 pm

To answer the questions-use tape to "picture frame" the disc to the skin. Hy-tape is good but any mediscal adhesive tape, except paper tape, should work. I always tey to empty my pouch just before geting into the water. I wouldn't recommend diving in until you are more comfortable with the appliance.

I have gone in chlorinated pools, salt water pools, lakes, ocean, rivers and streams without any problems. We had a house with a pool and we were in the pool all summer, sometimes for hours at a time. Jump in and enjoy!

Reply by Rubyjack, on Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:16 pm
xnine wrote:

I have a colonostomy and use a two piece system. I use a belt (an elastic one) and ware a bandeau (tube top) and a life jacket. I just check to be sure my flange is tight (not lifting)  and bag is not full.  I go in the ocean, play in the waves, float around and swim a bit. I find that heat and sweat are what causes more of a problem than the water does. I assume you have a one piece with a drain. Just be sure it is on tight  and have some fun. You could try some water proof tape for extra security.


Hi I have an isleostomy I just make sure bag is empty and don't change it for a few hours before you go in if its been on a while it's well sealed x

Reply by Sunny1978, on Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:58 am

I go swimming all the time. 

 

I just make sure the bag is empty, everything is on snuggly, and I wear a wrap or band around the bag/ostomy just for my own mental well being. Never had a problem with it.

After getting out of the pool, I check to be sure the wafer is still attached tightly, dry it off a bit with my towel, and I'm good to go!

I know it's scary getting in the water for the first time, but soon after you get in, I bet you will be so distracted by the feel of the water, you will almost forget the ostomy. And the more often you swim, the better it gets. 

Go get in that water!!!

Reply by snowflake1515, on Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:23 pm

Hi, I have found a wonderful product it's called Aqua Seal I use a 2 piece system it goes around the flange and it keeps the water from getting into your flange and also helps with leaks i have been swimming in Crete and never had the water enter the flange or flange come away if you google Aqua Seal you can send for samples it takes about 2 weeks for me to receive my order but I live in Scotland so you should get your order quicker as the company is in New Jersey hope this helps let me know how you get on 

Reply by patyank7, on Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:45 pm

Dan I go to the YMCA every week and swim, I have never had a problem and I know we are not all the same but if it happens it happens. I was just out of the hospital ,[a month] after my surgery and I was in a resturant with my Regional mgr. when my bag broke .I told him what had happened and walked out of the meetng. You just have to be stong and not worry about the people around you. You won't see most of them ever again and you have to take care of number one.

Reply by DanEffler, on Wed May 02, 2018 8:14 pm

I just wanted to come back to this and say thanks to everyone that replied. I have been a few times and so far have not had any major issues. I'm going to the beach for the first time since my surgery and will be getting in the ocean. 

My only fear now is the normal ones. Like sharks eating me lol. 

Reply by Mrs.A, on Wed May 16, 2018 9:56 pm

Dan,

Did you ever get and try the samples? I still stand by them and use them with every change. BTW they might just repell sharks too!!! LOL

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