my convatec pouch

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phuggy
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   Posted 5/8/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
nono  I was using hollister since my surgury in oct.  I am a parapalegic in which left me with a retracted stoma and it is very hard to get the right fit without leaks. I switched to convatec moldablewafer which is turning out to be great however the pouch has a filter in it which I want to use but the stool comes leaking out of the pouch.  Has anyone else had this problem

Another UC wife
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   Posted 5/8/2011 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Get the pouches for your wafer system with NO filters. In the interim cover the filters with a waterproof tape or similar to keep it from leaking out.

Most say the filters only last short term anyway and for some the filters create more problems than they are worth. If you have a lot of air in the pouch if you are using a 2 piece set up, you can carefully "burp" the pouch a tiny bit by separating it a bit near the top to let the air out.
64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) and no longer in pain.

Blueheron
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   Posted 5/9/2011 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I just posted about this last week. Yes, the filters consistently leak... at least for me, and I don't even have very watery output. I wrote Convatec about and would suggest doing the same so that they can redesign them if they hear from enough people. I never had Coloplast filters leak. Not sure about Hollister. I am trying my first sample of those today. Still, I am liking Convatec best so fa,r so I plan to just buy the pouches without the filters. In the meantime, covering the filter opening on the outside with one of those stickers they provide seemed to work well and prevented it from leaking.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/201

polishdan
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   Posted 5/9/2011 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I talked to convatec about this issue. I wear a convatec two piece with a filter. It has not failed or leaked. Convatec said that the filters are not the same on all of their pouches. She suggested that you call convatec and they will help you select a pouch with a better filter. I wear pouch number 411265 and the filter works. Convated phone 800 422 8811.
 
Dan

phuggy
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   Posted 5/10/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks I did call convatec to let them know about this problem, hopefully they can revive the problem since the wafer works so good for me.

polishdan
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   Posted 5/10/2011 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
phuggy
What did they say? Did they suggest a different pouch with a different filter?

Dan

phuggy
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   Posted 5/11/2011 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Dan
They asked me to send one of the filters to them, also if I would call them every time one would leak

ENIGMAWRAP
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   Posted 5/11/2011 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
phuggy:
 
What model number of pouch and/or filter is giving you problems?
 
I'm using hollister pouches now with a filter, to see what happens (or doesn't)....they didn't give me any filter covers so I'm not sure about taking a shower yet..may use the filter covers that coloplast sent to put on the hollister filter!
 

Serenitee
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   Posted 5/13/2011 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my ileostomy 3-days ago, and I am using convatec moldablewafer also. However, I have the non-filtered but if I want to I can add the file to the non-filters. The filter comes separate and you just take the sticky backing cover and peel it off...stick it on the pouch where you would like it, use a stick pin to poke through and your filtered. Otherwise you can go without a filter.

Hope this is of help.
Serenitee smilewinkgrin

polishdan
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   Posted 5/13/2011 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
The other option is to add EZ vents. You just manually open them to let gas out. They stick on the pouch.

Dan
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