Convexivity Questions

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80sChick
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   Posted 6/14/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
SO, I just had my stoma re-done cuz I had surgery for a blockage :(
 
I really liked my stoma before and now it's different. I feel like I can't even call her Zoe--she's an imposter! But I will have to get to know this new Zoe.
 
My old stoma used to stick out really far, so convexivity was soemthing I never looked into. My new stoma doesn't stick out nearly as far. I don't know how to tell if I need convexivity on my wafer or not. Can anyone tell me what to look for? My new stoma sticks out maybe a half inch or so. It used to be over an inch! This is so different. It's like I'm starting from scratch :/
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 


justjenjen
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   Posted 6/14/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
If you find that you are leaking you will probably need convexity. Just b/c your stoma is not as protruding as your last one does not mean that you automatically need convexity. The shape of your body around the stoma plays a big factor, too. If the area near your stoma is convex, then I think you will need a convex wafer to get a secure fit.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't just assume you need it...like justjenjen said if you leak consistently (and usually at the same spot) you should try it. If you aren't already using Eakin Seals give them a try too. Try different brands, too, some work better for different stomas and body types.
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


Anthony1977
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 6/16/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I use convexity, and knock on wood, have very few leaks. My question is, how does it work?

mre
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   Posted 6/16/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the convex wafers, eakin seals, and the ostomy belt. Since I switched to the convex products I've had no leaks =)
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