I was also having the same issues and I am also a newbie. I was having a leak every other day. I went to see my ostomy nurse and my stoma had shrunk to 7/8'' and also the bottom is more flat that the top so they recommended a Hollister convex wafer that pushes my stoma out. It was leaking at about 8 o'clock...they said it was pointing that way. Since mmy new wafer and pre-cutt mini bags I have had no issues. Also I have always used the circular eakin seal and I swear by them. I form it around my stoma and its extra security. Even when I was leaking it was the only thing saving me from constant leaks.
I was also having skin issues where the leak was and stool on my skin when removing appliance. They said this was first sign something was wrong. I can send you some of my eakin seals.....I have plenty from hospital and first month supply. I only use half of my circle and stretch it out....if you do not have any skin barrier poweder or wipes I have extra of these too....I can send them out ASAP.....let me know.
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS-C 2000
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
2 JP drains- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008
Botox injections Dec. 17 2008
Dx Anismus- Second opinion U oF M
Recommended at home biofeedback for 2 months, BUT before I could
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009.
Suggested ileostomy April 12 with no resolution.
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering.
Right abdominal abscess and hospitlilization April 20-24
Cleveland Clininc Surgery consult for kock pouch May 27 with Dr. Remzi (understudy of Dr. Fazio)
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