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Ostomy And Swimming

Posted by MeetAnOstoMate
An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the body to allow waste to pass through, typically after a part of the digestive or urinary system has been removed or bypassed. People who have undergone an ostomy procedure may have concerns about how the ostomy will impact their ability to participate in activities like swimming.

While it's understandable to have concerns about swimming with an ostomy, it's generally safe and possible to swim with the appropriate precautions. Some tips to keep in mind include:

1.      Wait for the wound to heal: Your doctor will advise you on when it's safe to start swimming after your surgery. It's important to wait until the wound has fully healed to reduce the risk of infection.

2.      Use an ostomy pouching system: An ostomy pouching system is a bag that collects waste from the stoma. It's important to make sure your pouching system is secure and watertight before you go swimming to prevent leaks.

3.      Choose a swimsuit that's comfortable and secure: Look for a swimsuit that's comfortable to wear and that won't put pressure on your ostomy pouch. A one-piece swimsuit with a high waistband or a two-piece swimsuit with a high-waisted bottom can be good options for those with an ostomy.

4.      Consider using a waterproof ostomy cover: A waterproof ostomy cover can be placed over your ostomy pouch to provide an extra layer of protection against water and to help keep the pouch in place.

5.      Shower after swimming: After swimming, it's important to shower and clean your ostomy pouching system thoroughly to reduce the risk of infection.

By taking these precautions, people with an ostomy can safely enjoy swimming and other water-based activities. It's always a good idea to speak with your doctor or an ostomy nurse for personalized advice and guidance.

Many people who have undergone an ostomy procedure may feel self-conscious about their ostomy pouching system and worry that it might leak or become dislodged while swimming. However, with proper preparation, it is possible to swim safely and confidently with an ostomy.

One of the most important considerations is to make sure that the ostomy pouching system is secure and watertight. There are many different types of pouching systems available, including those designed specifically for swimming or other water-based activities. These systems may feature extra adhesives or waterproofing materials to help keep the pouch in place and prevent leaks.

It's also a good idea to choose a swimsuit that is comfortable and secure. A one-piece swimsuit with a high waistband can be a good option, as it can help to cover and support the ostomy pouch. Some manufacturers also offer specialized swimsuits designed for people with ostomies, which can be more comfortable and secure.

Using a waterproof ostomy cover is another option for people who want extra protection while swimming. These covers are typically made from materials like silicone or rubber and are designed to fit over the ostomy pouching system, providing an additional layer of protection against water and helping to keep the pouch in place.

After swimming, it's important to shower and clean the ostomy pouching system thoroughly. This can help to prevent infections or skin irritation caused by prolonged exposure to moisture.

It's worth noting that some people with ostomies may experience changes in their stoma output or discomfort while swimming. If you have concerns about swimming with an ostomy, it's always a good idea to speak with your doctor or an ostomy nurse. They can provide personalized advice and guidance to help you feel comfortable and confident while swimming.

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