There's a whole thread about this, started 5/2 by blueheron.... just scroll down a bit and you can read about it. People talked about ways to cover the filter and alternate pouches w/the same wafer and no filter.
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery