I am a newbie, just like you, but just recently started using a convex wafer. I was having leaks pretty consistently every other day and had red skin breakdown from the acid. I know my stoma had shrunk considerably, but even though I was using my eakin seal it was not enough. It was leaking out the bottom and with no real warning. I called my ostomy nurse and went in early the next am. They said I had done a good job taking care of my skin as best I could, but knew something was wrong right away when she removed the bag and wafer and there was stool on my skin. My stoma is 7/8 '' but is also more protruding on top and flatter on the bottom and the whole pointed at 8 o'clock which was why I was always leaking out the bottom.
They suggested a convex wafer and I have not had a problem since. It works to help push out your stoma, plus I use a circular eaken seal just aroung my stoma and this is extra security. I would never not use the eakin seal. I have extra of these products of you want to try and I can send thenm to you. I used powder and barrier wipes on my skin and its all cleared up. Hope some of this helos. I think you need to call your ostomy nurse and explain what is happening. It drove me crazy as well. I will be four weeks post-op tomorrow. I ise the hollister convex wafer, mine are pre-cut the eaking seal, and then a mini bag becuase i am so short :)
I am no expert, but hope this helps.
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS-C 2000
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
2 JP drains- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008
Botox injections Dec. 17 2008
Dx Anismus- Second opinion U oF M
Recommended at home biofeedback for 2 months, BUT before I could
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009.
Suggested ileostomy April 12 with no resolution.
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering.
Right abdominal abscess and hospitlilization April 20-24
Cleveland Clininc Surgery consult for kock pouch May 27 with Dr. Remzi (understudy of Dr. Fazio)
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