Which bag to use?

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   Posted 2/11/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new on the pouch waiting for my part 2 surgery but until then I need to get some pouches.

Which ones work better?

Hollister or Convtec?

I am trying to order on line?

I have hollister but they are big and I get allot of air in it.

34 just diagnosed with UC
on Colazol 9 pills a day
4 times a day Predocine

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   Posted 2/11/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
that is really something that is diff for everyone, I have never tried anything but hollister, but i like them. There are mini bags for hollister, the air is probably because of your ostomy being new, and you have alot of gas, you would have that with any bag.
At least, i assume it's new, since you are tryign to find out what bags to use, please let me know if i am wrong about that!

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   Posted 2/11/2008 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
You can go to their website and request samples of the different bags and wafers and even pastes and skin preps. They usually send them out within a week. I would ask for both one piece and two piece systems , longer and shorter bags and see which ones you are more comfortable with. Your ostomy nurse at your hospital should also have samples as she would be the one helping you with the right fit. I use the Convatec Assura 2 piece system.

CD diagnosed in 1991
Only one serious flare up in 1998 and again in July 2007
Total colectomy August 2007 now saying UC
2nd step J-pouch formation -January 2008
Takedown hopefully by April 2008

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   Posted 2/12/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I use the Convatec Sufit 2 pc system. I use the 12" long bag and just fold it up. The space is there overnight if needed that way. I also use Eakin Seals.

It really is an individual preference. Ask for the samples and try a couple of them out - see which one is best for you.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 2/12/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Feelfine, my suggestion that I gave to Maine on another thread was to call Brad Goldsworthy at Coloplast. He is a specialist. Toll free: 888-726-7872. He can send you free samples of many of their products. I am amazed at how wonderful their products are. Brad is very knowledgeable. We spoke for a long time. If he asked how you got his name, tell him from Mary Murphy - that he helped me get the Sensura 2 piece system. Sensure is Coloplast newest brand. It is for sensive skin. Ask him for the wide outlet pouch too. They have a soft fabric cover on the front and back if you get the opaque ones. The wafer (flange) will not fray like the Hollister brand does. I always felt like the Hollister wafer was dumpy looking after a couple of days. The Assura brand is also wonderful. You can get extended wear too. I can't say enough good things about Coloplast.

Also, if you have sensitve skin like I have (I am allergic to just about every "tape" out there.) I use a product from Welland Medical called HydroFrame® Hydrocolloid Flange Extensions. Copy and paste this website address to learn more about them....

Good luck with finding the product that works for you. It can be very frustrating.

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   Posted 2/12/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Feelfine, i also wanted to tell you, the Coloplast wide pouches also fold-up into themselves with a velcro dot that adds extra protection and makes it look like a closed-end pouch.
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