Leakage HELP - see photos

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   Posted 10/18/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been using a one piece convatec system since having my temp. ileostomy installed on August 25, 2009. Suddenly, within the last week or so I have been having trouble with leakage. See photos via link below. The only thing that has changed is that my stoma tends to sometime lie flat to the skin and other times it bubbles up like it wants to jump out of the hole. You can see from the photos that my skin is getting irritated. Any suggestions on other products I could use?


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   Posted 10/18/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
well your stoma will change size over time, have you checked to make sure the hole is still the right size, that is what i would check first.
Then if that doesnt help, a few othr things that can help are usinga hair dryer after putting it on, if you are using the paste switch to eakin seals, if you are using eakin seals, try paste.
Also, if its flat, you should get convex, or even one of those belts.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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   Posted 10/18/2009 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
about a month into mine until I got it reveresed I had leaking issues where i had to change my bag four times a day. I ended up having a retracted stoma. It went beneath my skin level. All I can say is call and make an appt with your ostomy nurses. I had to make five and try five different appliances. Wish you well.
Chronic Lifetime Constipation, Dx IBS-C for 7 yrs
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008, ended with four abdomal abscessses and 2 drains
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008, Dx Rectal Inertia (Anismus)
Admitted with Small Bowel Obstruction April 4, 2009 and emergency ileostomy 4/13
Re-admitted with abdominal abscess. Released 4/24
Cleveland Clinic twice for 3/4th referral. Anismus undetected (no medical explanation)
Retracted stoma-infection/skin breakdown.
Ileostomy Reversal- Oct 8, 2009. Ileus, Dehydration-Ongoing, but resolving 10-15
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"

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   Posted 10/19/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
You probably need convexity in your wafer...it will pull the stoma up so it can empty into the pouch. Sometimes, if it is too retracted, you will have a harder time finding the right product. If it continues, talk to your doc about a revision...there is no need to suffer!

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   Posted 10/26/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Convexity alone didn't work for my mostly flush stoma. I needed a convex Adapt ring on top of the convex flange. That did the trick for me.

This ring is not moldable.

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   Posted 10/26/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all your help. I ended up seeing the ostomy nurse and she put me in a two piece with convexity by Hollister with Eakin seal. No problems now.
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