To Belt or Not to Belt (??)

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Roddiesgirl
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   Posted 11/9/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  I was just wondering how many of you use an ostomy belt?  I wear mine night and day but was just wondering if it's necessary? I wear a Hollister 2 pc appliance.  Thanks! confused

chili123
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   Posted 11/9/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
with my end ileostomy, I never wore a belt but now I have a loop ileostomy that is a pain-in-the-neck so I wear a belt all the time. I am not positive but I think it is just necessary if you have a convex type stoma that requires a little extra support to push the wafer tight to the skin. I would prefer to not wear the belt because I guess I got spoiled with my 1st stoma because it was easy.
Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
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MDdave
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   Posted 11/9/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
with my ileostomy, I never wore a belt just the wafer and snapped the bag on no issues in 11 years.

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spongebabe2pants
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   Posted 11/9/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to only wear the belt when I went out, it kept the bag closer to my body (those little plastic tabs the belt hooks into always stuck out and I didn't like how it looked). Recently, I've had some problems with my skin under the wafer, so I have to cover them with stuff my stoma nurse gave me. The wafer doesn't stick quite as well and seems to come up on one side now, so I only take the belt off when I shower. I have a loop ileo and wear the Hollister 1 piece convex.
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
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2 RIS K
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Belt? My ileo is still new, but I never heard of a belt. Can someone explain? I obviously don't wear one, but I can't see why I would need one either.
Amanda
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Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - 3/13/07
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/10/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I only wore a belt when I was first home from surgery.  My stoma is close to my incision site and I couldn't seal that side, so I used the belt for some security. 

I do use a wafer with the most convexity you can get and I don't wear a belt now.  I haven't had a problem with it falling off or leaking..  Using a belt or not is one of those personal things...you have to be comfortable with your situation and no one is the same.


awesomeame
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   Posted 11/25/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
tried it once-more of a hassle then anything.

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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