Travelling after Surgery

Wait until you are fully recovered and able to sit comfortably for the duration of your flight before travelling. Pressurized cabin air could cause pain to your wound.

Travelling with stoma

If you are flying, avoid food and/or drinks that may affect you during the days leading up to your flight. There is a risk that you may have more gas while on an airplane, however some stoma appliances have a filter to eliminate odour.

Remember to empty your pouch just before security, and be sure to alert security personnel that you are travelling with an ostomy as well as ostomy supplies, which are permitted through security.

Take enough supplies (more, or even double, than you need) in your carry on. You might need to change your appliance more frequently if you are participating in activities during hot weather.

Health care providers or stoma companies can provide you with a travel certificate that explains your condition.
If heat is an issue at your destination, make sure your skin is completely dry before applying the pouch so it sticks. Apply sunscreen after the pouch so it will stick.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides a disability notification card that you can print and fill out to hand to security.

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