Living with an ostomy should not restrict your ability to get out on the lake, in the pool, or down the river. According to Paul Meise, an ostomate since he was 11 years old, swimming is a safe and healthy way for everyone to stay active and healthy.
"It's important to never give up swimming." He says. "As an ostomate, if you like to swim, you should swim... Swimming is one of the best overall exercises there is."
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are many health benefits to swimming. As little as two and a half hours per week can decrease your risk of chronic illness and improve the health of those with diabetes and/or heart disease. It's noteworthy that people can exercise for longer periods of time in water compared to land due to a decreased strain on muscles and joints.
For those who might be nervous about swimming with their ostomy, Paul has the answers. "If you do have problems with your appliances staying on while swimming, there are solutions." One of his suggestions is the Attiva Ostomy Essentials Flange Seal Rings. These rings are applied on top of your flange in order to create a waterproof seal around it. They are also latex free.
Cooper Medical Supplies has a wide variety of products to choose from. In order to find the perfect products for you, we suggest that you call ahead and schedule a chat with Paul. If you're in need of some advice on products, care, or general living with your ostomy, he is passionate about helping you find a solution and providing you with the freedom to live.