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The Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System Brings Innovation to a Tedious Task


Urinary leg bags are commonly used by people who have neurogenic bladder due to paralysis, multiple sclerosis or another condition.

Many people choose to increase their independence and mobility with discreet, convenient leg bags, but most don’t realize that new technology exists that can help empty your leg bag in an easier fashion.

Have you ever imaged being able to empty your own leg bag with just a touch of a button or a wave of your wrist?

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Welcome to the world of the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System©! This system is known to increase independence by:

  • Eliminating embarrassing drips or leaks – by the push of a button you can empty this leg bag. This way you don’t have to move your leg or get your hands wet.
  • Eliminating backflow – let the built-in sensor alert you when the bag is full. With this reminder, you can avoid backflows.
  • Reduce the risk of a UTI – without the hassle of emptying your leg bag, it helps to encourage proper hydration, which in return can reduce the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
  • Keeping it simple – the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System not only relieves individuals of the everyday struggle of emptying their leg bag, but it helps to improve their quality of life by being discrete and easy o use.

How does Melio Work? melio - 3

The integrated sensor in the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System© monitors the urine bag level, sending a signal to the controller when the leg bag is approximately 2/3 full.

The controller on your waistband alerts you when the leg bag is approximately 2/3 full via a flashing amber light and discreet vibration.  You can also turn on an audio alarm. When you’re ready to empty the urine bag, simply push the buttons on the top or bottom of the controller to activate the pump. If you have limited dexterity, you can use the magnetic bracelet to activate the pump. Simply hold the bracelet against the front of the controller to activate it.

melio - 4You can empty the urine bag without raising your leg using the extended Discharge Tube. Place the tube under your clothing and tuck it into your waistband for easy access. Different lengths are available to meet your needs. The Leg Bag, Pump and Discharge Tube are an integrated, disposable unit. The controller is rechargeable and is designed to last for years with reasonable care.

Why People Love the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System

“My name is Joseph and I require the use of a Suprapubic catheter as a result of a C5 spinal cord injury. As a tetraplegic, I was unable to manage my own bladder care (including emptying my leg bag) which made me nervous to go out in public alone. I was afraid of Autonomic Dysreflexia occurring if my leg bag would fill up and my bladder would become distended.

When I would go out, I would limit my fluid intake to next to nothing to avoid this, which is detrimental to any catheter user. The Melio leg bag system gave me confidence to go out without causing harm by not drinking water. It as well gave me independence even at home, being able to empty the bag myself instead of asking for help. The system greatly improves quality of life for people in my situation.”

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It’s an amazing product. It made me feel better and in control. Before I had all the reasons to stay home and that has really depressed me. I feel better now because I am able to live and act as a normal person.” — 37-year-old female Melio leg bag patient

Common Questions about Melio

Below are a few of the more common questions that people ask when they first discover the Melio leg bag system.

Can the Melio leg bag be attached to a night bag?

Yes. Simply attach the discharge tube to your night bag and urine will automatically drain through the Melio system and into your night bag.

Can the Melio leg bag be worn on the thigh?

Wearing the leg bag on thigh is not recommended. The fill sensor will be very inaccurate if the bag is worn on the thigh. A Melio thigh bag is currently being developed.

Can I activate the pump to empty the leg bag any time? Does it require a minimum urine volume to work?

You control the pump, and you can empty the bag any time you choose. The pump will work at very small fluid volumes.

How often do I need to use a brand new leg bag?

The Melio leg bag should be changed every 7 days or sooner, if recommended by your health care provider. This change time helps reduce bacteria build-up in the pump and tubing.

When I change the leg bag, can I keep tubing and connectors in case I need them in the future?

No. Wrap the whole system in paper or place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash as you would with other household medical waste. Tubing and connectors cannot be reused.

Click here to learn more about Melio & insurance reimbursement.

The Story Behind Melio’s Self-Emptying Leg Bag System 

Trevor with his father

Trevor with his father

The maker of the Melio leg bag, Albert Medical Devices, is an award winning technology company located in the United Kingdom. Melio was created by founder Trevor Wills after his father experienced a severe stroke that required him to use a urinary catheter and urine collection bag.

An accomplished inventor and engineer, Trevor decided there had to be a better, more dignified way for his father to empty his leg bag. He connected a small electrical pump to a leg bag and the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System was born.

Since it’s original development, the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System has undergone extensive testing and refinement, transforming the lives for catheter users on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System is engineered and manufactured to the highest quality standards. Registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a urine collection device, Melio is designed for use by individuals who use indwelling sheath, or suprapubic catheters.

Experience the Melio Difference!

Want to know more about the Melio Self-Emptying Leg Bag System or would you like to try it for yourself? No problem!

Visit their user-friendly website at www.meliolegbag.com or call 800-482-2907. You can purchase and track your order online. Or, you can inquire about Melio with your local urological supplies provider.

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