Did you know you can be active with an Ileal Conduit?

When a person has their bladder removed, the surgeon will create a new way for urine to leave the body. One option is called an ileal conduit.

The surgeon makes a new tube from a piece of intestine. One end connects to the ureters, which are tube-like organs that deliver urine out of the kidneys. The other end connects to the skin on the front of the abdomen through a small opening called a stoma. A small bag over the stoma collects urine that passes out of the body. This is called an ostomy bag. A person empties the bag as needed.

With planning and practice, a person with an ileal conduit can still maintain an active life. You can travel and exercise, including swimming. You can use a special belt or binder to hold your ostomy bag in place for running or swimming.

If you lift weights, ask your doctor when you can start lifting again. Your doctor may suggest a device to support your abdomen when you lift weights.

Before you travel, bring more supplies than you think you’ll need. Pack ostomy supplies in carry-on and checked luggage.

At the start of the airport screening process, let the TSA officer know that you have an ostomy pouch attached to your body. Tell them where it is located. You may provide the officer with a TSA notification card to describe your condition. This card allows travelers to quietly inform airport security workers about any medical conditions, disabilities, medical devices or medications that might affect the screening process.

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