Ileostomy / colectomy surgery successful so far...

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   Posted 10/23/2010 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
So i finally had my ostomy surgery yesterday friday Oct 22nd. The pain is semi managable as of now, but very much so exspected when they had to do an incision and colon removal. Now im on my next step in life and i want to know from the experts on the BEST possible bags and how to keep the site the absolute cleanest i can keep it. I am very nerotic about germs and infection. Thank you all for any help once again. And any other tricks and advice as far as when and how to change. I would appreciate anything. thanks again       confused  ...... confused

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   Posted 10/23/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only had mine about seven months now but I prefer Coloplast's bags because the opening is so much easier to clean than the rest of the manufacturers. It takes me about five second tops. You can call the company and have them send you some samples if you haven't tried them already. I prefer two-pieces.

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   Posted 10/23/2010 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Curt

Unfortunately there are no "best bags" just one that suits you best personally. People may recommend bags here but you might not get along with the bag they recommend.

The best thing to do is contact the manufacturers and get as many free samples as you can. You can order them from their websites. The main ones are:

Right now you need to keep the wound clean of course and you should have been instructed in the hospital how to do that, but once you've healed, no need to be neurotic about germs. Your stoma is your intestine - it's used to having poop on it :) The skin surrounding it needs to be kept clean to prevent skin problems but simple soap (not oily soap - that will prevent the wafer from sticking) and water will do that for you.

Best of luck.
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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   Posted 10/24/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
     I'm a coloplast gal too for the same reasons as Scrap girl.

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   Posted 10/24/2010 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
So far I'm happy with the Coloplast Assura two-piece system. I also use their paste strips. I was given all kinds of hollister samples when i left the hospital and had a few leaks at random times. So far leak free with my Coloplasts! But I'm still learning as well :)
I like the Assura better because the wafer part is clear. If the poop gets underneath it youll see it before it reaches the edge and leaks on your clothes.

Bad flare in 2007 tried several meds w/ no relief

Colectomy w/ permanent iliostomy in March 2010

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   Posted 10/25/2010 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
You may want to get some samples from Marlen as well.

I am wearing their one piece UltraMax and really like it. Everything else made me itch too much.

51 - male - in North Carolina near Asheville
UC is GONE!! Permanent ilieostomy on July 8th, 2010.
Stoma is named "Sparky".

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   Posted 10/28/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a convatec girl.
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