I have the same hollister velcro closure you have and I've gotten it pretty much down to a science at 3 weeks after surgery!
When I'm changing my bag, as my bag is still brand new and unused I
open up the end and CREASE the
opening the opposite way so that it's kind of naturally a square shape
opening instead of a slit, the waste exits MUCH easier when you can hold it wide
open in a square..
So now when I'm emptying:
Before hand I will tear about
a 5 square long piece of toilet paper.. fold it in half over and over until it is about
the size of one square... I will also tear a 2 square long piece and fold it in half once and then fold it down at about
half increments (this is to stick inside and clean inside the
I HATE emptying really thick waste as it makes more of a mess around the
opening and it's just a pain, so before I even empty I hold the bags
opening up so I can pour water into it from a water bottle, I then close the bag back up and swoosh it around really good and it really thins up the waste so it will slide out a lot easier and won't get AS MUCH of those bits and pieces all over the end and you won't have to squeeze as much as that makes it more of a mess...
I will pour water down and empty it until the liquid comes out so it's atleast transparent, if not totally clear (yes I'm a clean FREAK) I Just like the feeling of everything being clean and "new" in the bag. When you repeat the water rinse method until the liquids almost clear then the
opening of the bag is almost ALREADY clean!
I then dry off/clean the outside of the
opening with that folded 5 square piece of toilet paper, after it's all dry and clean I
open up the
opening (SOOOO much easier if you do the crease method I mentioned) and clean the inside with the 2 square folded piece of toilet paper (should be pretty much already clean from the water)...
then..... CLOSE IT BACK UP. It sounds long but once I got the hang of it I can fly through the whole process
20 Year Old Male
Diagnosed with Moderate/Severe Ulcerative Colitis May 2008
3 Flair ups (first flair- 2 months/Second Flair- 2 months/ Third flair- One week, then surgery)
Full Ileostomy surgery done on july 22!
Living with an ostomy bag right now and loving feeling healthy again! Finally have gotten this horrible disease OUT of my body!