wafer swells around stoma

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   Posted 9/17/2010 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else have this problem.  My pouch stays on well but the wafer swells up around the stoma.  I am afraid that this will cause it to leak. I talked to them at Hollister and they said it was just something that the wafer does.  

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   Posted 9/17/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine do that too, also use Hollister. I just have to cut the hole a little bigger to allow for the swelling. I haven't had any problems with it leaking in 4 years.

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   Posted 9/17/2010 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
mine does that too, its always done it
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   Posted 9/19/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
NASCARON what products do you use. I just started using the convex wafer because my stoma don't stickout very far. I was having sometimes 2 leaks aday. I started using them along with the adapt rings and also using the belt. I have not had a leak now in over a week. Never went that long before.

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   Posted 9/21/2010 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder how many of us use the belt's and for how long? I wear mine for a few hours after a change day, otherwise it sit's in the drawer until the next change.

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   Posted 9/22/2010 4:52 AM (GMT -6)   
some brands 'turtleneck' around the stoma to protect the area...I think Convatec does not sure about the others.
Crohn’s dx 1989
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   Posted 9/22/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear one piece convatec 400598 that does not turtleneck. I have a retracted stoma. I triied one that does turtleneck and had a terrible leak problem. When my stoma would contract and turn a little sideways it just pumped the sewage out under the turtleneck.


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   Posted Yesterday 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear my belt 24-7 also. For some reason I just feel safer with it on and I don't even notice it being there.
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