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   Posted 5/3/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Getting ready to place my first order for bags tomorrow. Think I am going to order the convatec sur-fit natura drainable pouches with the invisiclose outlet with a filter. Does anyone use these and how do you like them and how good is the filter? I am tried the ones like that without the filter. But would like ones with a filter if they work good. Any one have any suggestions on other things I should remember to order?? I had a colostomy the 13th of March. Have been using samples that different companies send me and those the hospital sent home with me. Guess I am just worried about ordering something that I won't like and then will be stuck with it for a month till I can order again.

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   Posted 5/3/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I use the ConvaTec natura pouches like you just mentioned and I like them. I have an ileostomy and have used that system since coming home from the hospital.Guess I'm not one to take a chance on anything different if the one I am using is working. The filter helps release the trapped air and I guess it helps with the odor. You know, after a year and a half I don't notice any smell unless I change the bag. I have several samples from other companies that I may try one day when I am feeling brave but for now the ConvaTec does the trick. Good Luck.

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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there!  I had my proctocolectomy Feb.06th...my three month anniversay is in a couple days!!!  : )  Anyway, I too have sampling all sorts of bags and styles ('accessories' I say).  For a while I was dedicated to ConvaTech two-piece click system, but I learned to hate the skin barriers.  They popped on me all the time!  I found the entire system comfortable and I loved the emptying system, but they just weren't reliable.  I then tried the Coloplast two-piece system, and just felt it was a cheaper, more plastic-like system that wasn't my favorite at all.  I most recently realized that I did not trust a two-piece system, as I have a toddler that climbs on me and I rough-house with, so I was constantly nervous about breakage.  SO...I am now liking the Hollister one piece system 88300.  I do feel they have to be changed more frequently than a two-piece but overall I am more comfortable and at ease with my accessory.  I also feel they are more durable during my workouts and activities.  I think I'm pushing these skin barriers too far, as my skin gets a little irritated and the wafers leak around Penelope (my stoma). 
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pouches you've decided on.  I have loads of pouches and hardly any wafers of the ConvaTech pouches b/c they are not reliable!  So, that was a waste of money.  I've put in a large order of the Hollister ones I'm liking, so hopefully they'll be more worth while. 
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!  : )
: )  Robin
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I use the same ones! They work like a charm! I dont have anything to compare them to but I know that I don't want to try anything else. I like to use flushable wipes to wipe out the inside and they fold up much easier than if I don't. I hope you like them!

25yrs old/ teacher/ Wisconsin

Diagnosed UC Pancolitis in Nov 2004
Diagnosed PSC in Oct 2006

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   Posted 5/4/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   

It really is individual...I LOVE the filters (no stickers needed and they work) on the Hollister pouches, but their wafers to not stand up to my stoma's activity sad

I am back to Convatec, but I have to use the Durahesive wafer which is formulated for ileos.  Their filters suck for ileos (liquid output) but I've gotten around that by putting a little piece of Sure Seal over the filter so if it fails, it won't leak :-)

Have you requested samples?  Or just order one box to start out so if you don't like a new one you don't have to return anything...

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