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cleo35
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   Posted 6/7/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I go on vacation (within the US) for a week taking enough supplies to fully change out ostomy appliance 3 times.  Next time, I taking enough to change every single day if need be.   The seal failed all three times and because the third time was Memorial Day and all medical supply offices were closed I ended up at the local ER just to get a faceplate and pouch. 
 
Some time ago I posted on Hollister products and whether or not their quality control was suffering.  To my knowledge I received no replies to that post but can hardly believe that I'm the only one having this kind of "luck" with their products??

fish1
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Maybe not to many people use Hollister?

I use convatec and have had great luck...4 months no leaks and I am out side in the heat here in Texas sweating like crazy!


50 yr old man, Colon Cancer survivor 2005
90 % of colon removed 2005 The rest 2-23-10
Illistomy scheduled for Feb-23-10 Done!
Healing up March 2010
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Chasblah
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   Posted 6/7/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't having problems during your first hollister post, but today I called them today and made a complaint. I had to change my appliance 3 times on Fri. p.m. My poor skin.....ugh.

the wafers were leaking. I mean their were holes in the brand new ones. so weird.
they are replacing them.

Have you called them?
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


summerstorm
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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
i use hollister and so far no problems, but i ordered all the stuff i have now about 6 months ago
i dont like the new backing though, how it pulls off
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!


flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/8/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
What a bummer that you got defective products! Thanks for the reminder to pack more supplies than we think we're going to need when traveling. Hope Hollister sends you some free supplies to cover the defective ones.

Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


cleo35
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   Posted 6/8/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to get a couple of Convatec and try them but I'm worried about the part where you have to turn the pouch onto the face plate instead of snapping it on like Hollister. When the arthritis flares in my fingers and hands it might get a little dicey.

summerstorm
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   Posted 6/8/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
what were the lot numbers on the bad ones yall had?
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!


esoR
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   Posted 6/8/2010 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Convatec way to go. Always bring at least 4 times the number of changes you're going to need. I bring a whole suit case just for supplies and have it practically tied to my hand :-) Never leave them in the heat or extreme cold. Rosemary

cleo35
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   Posted 6/9/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
esoR: You bring up an interesting point I hadn't thought of - I order in bulk (6 months at least) and store my supplies in the closet of an extra bedroom. I'm wondering if because the vents were closed in that room if it got too hot at some point before I remembered to go in and open them....that doesn't account for the covers tearing on the pouches, the misaligned templates on the faceplates OR the tabs that are supposed to indicate the bottom being on the top, right or left side of the faceplate :)

Anyway, I'm going to give convatec a test drive when I get close to needing to reorder.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/10/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL Rosemary! tongue

Since you all are testing out new products, you've gotta give the Coloplast Assura Extended Wear line a try. I've been using them since Day One and have never had a leak or any defective products. The wafer I use is #2833 with matching cloth covered pouch #13986. They have a built-in skin barrier, so all you have to do is put some Stomahesive paste (or an Eakin Seal) around the hole and stick the wafer on clean, dry skin. They call them Extended Wear for a reason, because I can easily get 7 days wear time from one wafer!

:-) Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


mre
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   Posted 6/10/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
After having several leaks and embarrassing moments with Hollister not to mention the raw irritated skin. I spoke with a nurse who quickly suggested a convex wafer and an ostomy belt. She also suggested that when applying the wafer to first apply the stoma powder and wipe with a sting free barrier wipe, repeat creating a thin crust, then I use the eakin seal, I use the 2 piece convatec: the wafer is a convex-it, 10in bag and finally the belt. No leaks and no skin problems so far! Confidence was regained to enjoy life again!

Trigirl
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   Posted 6/11/2010 1:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm still dreaming of finding a wafer that stays on more than 3 days. Sounds like you guys are on your way.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
6 Grown kids, grandkids and a great husband to keep me busy


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/11/2010 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Trigirl~not everyone gets a week's wear time...that's good if you are getting 3 days since you are so active! (Personally, I change every 3-4 days and usually 3 during the hot months.)
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


summerstorm
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   Posted 6/11/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
i usually change every 3-4 days too. Sometimes i will go longer, if i know i am gonna be hanging around home and a leak wont be a huge deal, lol. I just dont like to push it
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!


cleo35
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I sent Hollister an email about their shoddy quality control. Still waiting to hear back.
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