Are there any advantages/disadvantages of the one piece vs the two piece?
For me, the one piece is just setting me up for disaster! My stoma isn't quite round, more of an oval shape and it seems to be changing (getting smaller and smaller) so at least with the two-piece, I can cut it and then put it over my stoma to see if its a tight enough fit to where poo can't get under it. With the one-piece I didn't have that advantage so I had more leaks under my wafer.
Are they attached to the skin in the same manner?
They are attached the same way, but with the two-piece, you cut the wafer to fit and then put it on just like you would the one-piece, but with the two-piece you have to snap a bag on the wafer afterwards. That's the only difference I think.
Do they require cutting holes for the stoma or are they pre-cut?
They come pre-cut or you can cut them yourself
My ostemy nurse actually advised against the pre-cut ones, as they don't really fit well to the stoma...
I think the only reason she said that was because sometimes your stoma will vary in size. Some days it will be smaller and if you get them pre-cut, you can't make the hole any smaller.
Hope this helps a little
Im not an expert just yet. lol
17, SENIOR in high school
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis on March 18,2008
Tried what seemed like every medicine there is..nothing worked
Step1 Ileostomy on Nov.19,2008..waiting on Step2 =)
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