Twisted bowel travel insurance
As the name suggests, a twisted bowel is a loop, overlap or twist in the small or large intestine that causes a bowel obstruction. A blockage can cause pain, tenderness and nausea as well as a fever, vomiting and malnutrition in some cases. A twisted bowel is also known as a volvulus, and without treatment, it can prevent blood flow to the intestines and require emergency surgery to rectify.
It’s not always obvious what causes a twisted bowel, but some of the ways it can occur include:
- Intense activity in the gut, such as through laxative use or eating a very high amount of fibre.
- A complication of an inflammatory bowel condition like Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis.
If you’ve had a twisted bowel, you may have had surgery to fix the problem, or you may have been prescribed medication and/or advised to make changes to your lifestyle to help the twist correct itself. There should be no reason why you can’t travel overseas, as long as your doctor agrees, but don’t forget to arrange travel insurance that covers your condition.
Specialist travel insurance for twisted bowel
Any pre-existing health condition that continues to affect your lifestyle makes travel insurance an absolute must. It’s important to let your travel insurance company know that you have had a twisted bowel – as well as any other conditions you have so that your cover provides for you should you need it. Overseas medical care can be very expensive, but proper travel insurance can protect you from the costs in the event of your condition affecting your health while you are away.
Sadly, many standard travel insurance providers may refuse to offer cover to people with existing health conditions, but that’s why Free Spirit was created. Our specialist travel insurance is specifically designed for people of any age who have pre-existing medical conditions, such as a twisted bowel, so you are far more likely to find cover that meets your needs.
We can provide specialist travel insurance policy that covers twisted bowel, and any associated conditions you may also have, to ensure you can access the right medical care in your destination of choice. There are so many other benefits too, from cancellation cover and protection against damage, theft or loss of your medication, medical aids and travel documents, to repatriation if medically necessary, and cover for unplanned transport costs to get you back home if you cannot travel as planned*.
Our medical travel insurance can be adapted to cover your friends and family travelling with you too, even if they don’t have any existing health conditions. This is especially valuable when it comes to our cancellation cover; it ensures your whole travelling party is saved the expense of unused accommodation and/or flights, in the event that a change in your health prevents the trip from going ahead.
How can I get travel insurance for a twisted bowel?
We aim to make it as straightforward as possible to arrange twisted bowel travel insurance with us. So long as you are not currently awaiting surgery, are having inpatient treatment, waiting for tests or test results and your doctor has no objections to you travelling, we should be able to offer cover for a twisted bowel based on a short medical screening process.
As part of our medical screening process, we will need to ask you about your condition and how it affects you. The exact questions we ask will vary depending on your personal circumstances, but it’s likely we will ask the following:
- How many episodes of bowel obstruction have you had in the last five years?
- How long ago was the most recent episode of bowel obstruction?
Having this information helps us to arrange travel insurance to cover your unique condition and health needs.
If you would like a quote for twisted bowel travel cover, please call our UK-based travel insurance specialists on 02392 419 080. Lines are open from Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm (excluding Bank Holidays). You can also apply online, although please note that there may be occasions when we need to speak to you before we can offer a quote. If this is the case, we’ll ask you to give us a call.
Travelling after having had a twisted bowel
Looking after yourself and your health after having had a twisted bowel is crucial, and while it shouldn’t stop you taking a holiday, a little preparation can ensure it’s the relaxing break you’re after.
Start by talking to your doctor to make sure they are happy with your travel plans, particularly if you will be flying, and preferably before you book anything. They will also make you aware of anything else you might need to think about, such as extra medication to cover your time away, or a doctor’s letter with information about your prescriptions. Depending on where you will be going, you may need to have this with you when you travel, as certain medications are regulated in some countries.
You can also get in touch with our resident medical travel insurance expert, Mary Holt. She has over 20 years’ experience with Free Spirit, and you can ask her a question directly.
Apply online today to get a free quote for your travel insurance with a twisted bowel. If you prefer to discuss your needs, call our UK based specialist travel insurance experts on 02392 419 080. Our team is available 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).