Topic: flying with biliary catheter

Hi everyone,

Just thought about taking mom back home for a family visit mid December, which means 22 hours flight time to South Asia. She would be thrilled to see her mom and 8 siblings but I have no idea if she can travel with the bil tubes. They are capped for now but we have had them open to a bag previously when she had some complications. My question is can one travel under this condition? I know she will be due for an exxchange in a few weeks. Please advise.

Re: flying with biliary catheter

I will call Dr. Javle's office on Monday to ask aswell.

Thanks

Re: flying with biliary catheter

MMML, just so happens when we came home after Teddy's surgeries in Milwaukee (we had been visiting kids when he got sick with CC and our 2 week vacation turned in to  2 1/2 months) back to Phoenix, I booked direct flights. Teddy had 2 tubes from the side to the tummy. We were 1/2 hour from Phoenix and both tubes blew out! No pain at all just a big wet embarrassment for him! There were 2 Nurses on our flight and a doctor. They pulled the rest of the tubing out and wrapped him in blankets and I told them to call an Ambulance to take him to our Hospital. My daughter picked up our bags and met us at the hospital. As they are wheeling him in on the gurney Teddy lifts up when he sees Robin
and he says, "Well, did you ever see the movie 'AIRPLANE'? We laughed, it was sad but funny too. So, we waited for an hour in ER as the idiot driver took him in the front instead of the back where they take you right in. I called the Surgeon in Milwaukee and told him what happened and I said I have to get this guy home. I let him know I had some drainage bags that I would just adhere to the 2 sights until we can get new tubes in. The Surgeon said, get him the hell home!
So, my suggestion is this. Talk to Dr. Javle but see if you can also carry with you some bags just in case. Best of luck.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

Re: flying with biliary catheter

Please consult the physician before making any flight arrangements.
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: flying with biliary catheter

Thanks guys, Lainy were Teddy's tubes capped? I recall reading about your particular incident sometime early this year in one of the threads. I will be calling their office on Monday just to ask, it would be a shame if she wouldn't be able to fly, might just have to book something local then i.e probably a road trip.

Re: flying with biliary catheter

No, his tubes were never capped. Yep, I would call Dr. Javle. Best of luck with it. If he OK's the trip I would still take some bags with me. You can get them at a MEdical Supply store. Let us now what the big J says.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.