How often do you change your bag?

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   Posted 8/14/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
To those of you who have either perm or temp ileos, how often do you change your bag?
Do you wait until it springs a leak or till it gets so smelly you can't stand it anymore?
This is the first bag that I have on which hasn't oozed out the side. It's been on since Wednesday and I believe that is the longest I left on the same bag. It is sooo great that I think I am falling in love with it....just joking. It's a Coloplast with filter, one piece.

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   Posted 8/14/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I change the wafer about 6-7 and the bag about twice a week. Although I'm getting some sure seals next week so hopefully they will increase the wear time.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Temp Ileostomy and colon removal surgery - 6/2/2010
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   Posted 8/14/2010 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
i change mine about every 4-5 days. I don't change just the bag, i think its harder to that than it is to change the whole thing, so if the bag gets messed up i changed everything.

Here's what you can do, start off by wearing it for like 3 days if you have no leaks or itchies that last. Then change, if you still have a good seal when you change, then you can try going 4 days the next time. Keep doing that, and see when you change and don't have a good seal, but don't go past 7 days, cause this is one thing you don't wanna push, lol.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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   Posted 8/14/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
The Coloplast Extended Wear wafer gives me 7 days wear time. I usually change it on the weekend, and by mid-week, I'm ready for a new pouch, so I just pop off the old one and snap on a new one. It's so easy! :-)

I've never had any leaks or smell. I exercise, swim, sweat, shower, you name it, and it doesn't come off! I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with leaks and short wear times.
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.

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   Posted 8/15/2010 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I use the same as flchurchlady and I vary in how mine I just change on Monday and Friday (3 - 4 days). There are times that I go 5 or 6 days but, for me, I'd rather change before I have too much breakdown because of my stomach's landscape...lots of dings and dents skull

summerstorm's suggestion might be a great way for you to figure you wear time out...every time you change, look at how the area that was around your stoma (on the wafer) looks and that should help.

Good Luck!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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   Posted 8/16/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
5-7 days wear time with Holister extended wear wafers. I use a closed pouch and change out as needed, some days I get solid nuggets which I can just scoop and wipe into the toilet, other days I get runny poop so I swap out the entire pouch.

RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I use the convatec moldable wafer too and get 6-7 days on each change. I keep the bag and wafer both for the 6-7 days. If it smelled I would chnge it no matter how long it had been on!
50 yr old man, Colon Cancer survivor 2005
90 % of colon removed 2005 The rest 2-23-10
Illistomy  Feb-23-10
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