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betsaronie
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   Posted 9/24/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a transverse colostomy on Sept 13. I've been home for a week and need to order my first supplies. The hospital sent me home with clear (ugh) Convatec drainable bags and got me a starter kit with scissors and the like. I know that I want to get opaque bags, but I keep hearing about different brands and sizes and am I am getting a bit overwhelmed with all the variety out there. As I understand it most companies will send samples of different bags and wafers to try out. How do I go about getting these samples? Do I call the parent companies or do I get them from an ordering service? I was thinking of using Edgepark for my supplies as a friend's mother used them and really liked them. I feel like someone was supposed to give me an instruction manual for all this stuff but forgot to give it to me and now i'm wondering what to order.

WeirdBeard
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   Posted 9/24/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!

Yes, it is overwhelming at first, but it gets easier. I suggest that you go to Edgepark's website and request a catalog for starters.

Next, call the manufacturers that are listed in the catalog. Coloplast, Convatec, and Hollister all have wonderfully helpful people that you can call. They will explain things and send you samples. You can get their phone numbers by Googling them.

Convatec actually has nurses that you can talk to.

Hope that helps. Maybe if I get time I can round up some phone numbers for you.

-Eric

Christine1946
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   Posted 9/24/2010 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
     It sure is overwhelming to say the least..lol.. smhair !  Yes, contact Edgepark.  They have a catalog which can be sent to your home.  Personally, I really like the one piece Coloplast bags.  They stick very well.  Your stoma will most likely shrink in size for a month or so.  Mine is now 1 inch in diameter and I order the precut one inch opaque bags.  I also use the Protective Barrier Wipes and Adhesive Removal Wipes.  At the moment, I have a bit of irritation and am using Nystop which was by prescription.  You sprinkle that on and wipe with a tissue.  Oh, I also use the Adapt lubricant/deodorizer, which I place inside my bag.  Good luck. 

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 9/24/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
a quicker way to get samples is to go directly to the manufacturer. You can go to www.UOAA.org (United Ostomy Assoc) and go to ostomy info - general info - product & supply info page...they are all list with links to their site and phone numbers.

Make sure that your insurance allows you to use Edgepark...some insurance companies restrict who you can use. Did your hospital mention the supplier you should use?

Yes, those clear pouches are yukky!

Let us know what other questions come up:)
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

polishdan
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   Posted 9/25/2010 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Convatec phone is 800 422 8811
Hokkister phone is 888 740 8999

Dan

betsaronie
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   Posted 9/27/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the info! I'm gonna get on the phone today and get some samples and find out if edgepark accepts my insurance. It's so nice to have people who I can ask for help :)
diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 - 4 -6 months 2nd surgery for J pouch
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