Question about leakage

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/17/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to everyone who responded when I was feeling very depressed a few weeks ago. I've been doing better since going back to work -- I think it helps to not have so much time here at home to dwell on things.

But I am still having a terrible time with leakage and I just can't seem to get it right. I use Coloplast pouches with Eakin seals -- do you put the seal on first around the stoma or do you put it on the wafer fitting it around the hole? I'm confused by that.

The surgeon said it's because my output is mostly liquid and this leads to leakage. He said that he would suggest fiber but wanted me to gain some weight first. But the liquid output and the leakage is driving me nuts. Would taking something like Metamucil help?

I could use some suggestions!

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Date Joined Nov 2003
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   Posted 8/17/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
If the eakin seals are not working than you probably need to find another product or bag. I have mostly liquid output and I can get about 6 days with every bag and no leaks. Eakins don't work for me but a bag that comes with convexity does...everybody's different!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 8/17/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
are you maybe cutting the hole the wrong size? that could make a big diff, and are you makign sure it's getting on there good, after you put it on, i think laying down makes it go on better, use a hair dryer on it for just a few minutes, just until it gets hot, and keep smoothing it down while you do that, that helps it kind of melt to your skin. are you still using teh skin prep? that can also affect how well it seals

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/17/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Doodle38!

I use Coloplast - light convexity Sensura and Assura. These both work well for me. I use the blow dryer on my skin around the stoma once I've come out of the shower. I then use a 3M Cavilon Wipe, which is a barrier protection. Then I let that dry for a minute. I blow dry around the barrier - just to warm it up. Maybe 40-50 seconds moving it at all times. (I use a 1-piece flange/pouch, pre-cut 1 1/8") Has your stoma shrunk yet? If so, you can get pre-cuts, which are wonderful. This will save you a step and you don't have to worry about rough edges from cutting them. Next, I put the Eakin Seal on the barrier. Then blow dry again to warm it up. Warm up my skin again before putting the barrier on. Once I put the barrier/pouch over my stoma, press the barrier and hold it down for a minute. Then I work my hands around the waxy part of the barrier and press so that it sticks. By pressing around the inside of the barrier (where it's hard), this helps the Eakin Seal get a good seal on your skin. This should help with the leaks. Also, I light convexity will work wonders. The convexity was my savior.

Call Coloplast for samples. Check their website too. You can order samples through their website, but it may be better to speak to someone who can give you advice.

Good luck! I hope this made sense.
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