Filter pouch question (and belt question)

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   Posted 8/11/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter uses the Hollister New Image 2-piece system with a convex wafer. She normally uses a regular pouch. But we also ordered a box of filtered pouches to try.
Do you use them the same way? Do they last as long? Do they ever leak from the filter?
She isn't so worried about having a filter to keep the smell down. We just figured she should at least try them to see if she likes them more, less, or the same as the regular pouches.
Also, she wears an ostomy belt (the 1" Adapt brand).  Can these be washed? They have plastic tabs so I doubt I should put them in the wash. She has a few of them (they were sent with samples) and would like to be able to rotate them while she cleans the not-so-fresh one.
--Mom of bratcat (17 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Current meds:
Asacol - 4 pills/3Xday, 15 mg prednisone, Remicade
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa. 9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortisone enemas. 9/30/07--added prednisone. 10/31--started 6-mp, stopped the enemas. Started lowering prednisone. 3/08-another flare!  7/3/08-Step 1 j-pouch surgery

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   Posted 8/11/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you could put them in the wash on a cold cycle and then let them air dry?

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) diagnosed at age 15; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use. 

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   Posted 8/11/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
some people experience leakage through the filter, i have yet to, and my output is pretty fluid most of the time. i find the filters will plug up pretty quick after attaching the bag anyway....they are almost pointless, but do work for a bit...but the first time you lie down it'll be plugged. still, i buy them.

you could try handwashing the belts and airdrying, that shouldn't be a prob. i tried a belt once though and found it to be useless--belt grabs things, slids up and down your mid section, i was more paranoid about the flange coming off while i was wearing it :-|

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

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   Posted 8/12/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Bennie-although I don't use the belts anymore, I would put mine into one of those "delicates" mesh bag things and wash them in the delicate cycle and air dry...that way the elastic wouldn't break down too fast. Unfortunately, they don't last forever, but it helped when they were clean!

I have had great luck with the Hollister New Image...their new filters don't need stickers when they get wet and I have only had one fail me and leak. My output is liquidy because I eat whatever I want, so I am happy for what I get out of them! So, yes, you use them the same way...did you get clipless?
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