I have just started using the large sized pouch from cymed. I just had surgery mid march a colostomy due to diverticulitis. I am 260lbs and the long incision made my upper abdomin uneven and the stoma is at a bend. I have litterally spent the last 3 weeks trying EVERY system out there. They all fall off as soon as I bent or sit upright. Hollister works very well but my skin HATES it. I break out in blisters but Im allergic to the stoma powder. I was reading another forum and someone suggested cymed. The company is 10 minutes from my house so I was able to go there and talked to a salesperson and one of the engineers. The showed me a micro skin. It looks like a clear square piece of cling wrap. You cut a hole for the stoma as usual and smooth the skin on. The bag I have attaches to it and there is a thin plastic collar that is inbetween the bag and skin to help keep the stoma upright. My skin likes it. No irritation and its lightweight and the skin allows me to feel the temperature of the air around me. I dont feel smothered and sweaty like I did with the hollister system. It feels like Im not wearing a bag at all. They sell washers to place between the bag and the skin to offer more support if you feel that your skin is still too uneven or that the skin might start to come off. I havent tried a washer yet but so far Ive not needed one yet. So far so good. I tried a bag that was too small the first time and had a blow out but that hasnt happend with the large bag. I have very thick heavy stool and the system is handling the output fine. I havent bathed with it yet since I only hsve the one Im wearing but when I get a full order I will bath and report backhow it holds up. This product was my last resort. If this didnt work I would have been stuck with hollister and skin problems. I am not eligible for a reversal for a year and would have been suffering the whole time. I cant predict how I'll do in the long run but for now I'm very impressed. Hope this helps someone like me whose options are limited. Take care mary m.
" A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives-Jackie Robinson"
1 surgery 3/20/13 colostomy (diverticulitis), resection of the sigmoid, fistula repair (between bladder and sigmold) partial hernia repair.
Post Edited (iloveaha) : 5/3/2013 10:08:06 AM (GMT-6)