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Can you work and travel if you've had surgery to remove your bladder?

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Most people can return to work without any problems. But if your job involves heavy physical labor, you may need to wear a support belt for your stoma. Ask your medical team.

You can travel as you did before. It’ll just take a bit of planning. Pack extra supplies, such as a pouch, clamp, and scissors. If you fly, carry a note from your doctor to explain your condition and to ask airport screeners for privacy.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder cancer,” “Bladder removal surgery,” “Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Living with bladder reconstruction.”

American Cancer Society: “Second Cancers After Bladder Cancer,” “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer,” “Radical Cystectomy.”

Brady Urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital: “Quality of Life After Surgery for Bladder Cancer.”

United Ostomy Associations of America: “Continent Urostomy Guide.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2017

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder cancer,” “Bladder removal surgery,” “Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Living with bladder reconstruction.”

American Cancer Society: “Second Cancers After Bladder Cancer,” “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer,” “Radical Cystectomy.”

Brady Urology at Johns Hopkins Hospital: “Quality of Life After Surgery for Bladder Cancer.”

United Ostomy Associations of America: “Continent Urostomy Guide.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2017

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