I now greatly prefer the two piece. First reason is being able to angle the bag. My stoma is oval, and it was just too tricky to cut the opening so that I could get the bag at the angle i preferred.
Mine is oval as well.
My stoma nurse cut out a template for me about
a year ago and I've been using that same template ever since. I get my wafers pre-cut, so I don't even have to bother cutting the hole out.
The other reason, which I don't think anyone has mentioned, is that I've had to go to the ER several times this year, and in any kind of medical setting where people are going to want to look at your stoma, it's much much easier w/a two piece. With a one-piece, you have to take the whole thing off, and then change it (had to do this three times once at the ER... and when the blockage cleared, was a mess to change).... with a two piece you just take off the bag and put it back on .... goes for a scope too.
My stoma nurses have looked at my stoma loads of times, especially in the first few months after surgery. Yes, they had to spend 5 seconds taking the bag off. Major, major hassle.
If I had a blockage and went to the ER, I'd actually insist on a total bag change even if I was wearing a 2-piece. There is no way I would accept having a clean bag put onto a dirty, stained, poop-ridden wafer.
And there in a nub is why I prefer the 1-piece. It's just cleaner. After a shower I wouldn't put on the same underwear; I'd put on new underwear. I wouldn't reuse toilet paper for the same reason either.
And yet UCWhat? insists on burying his waste in a remote and out-of-the-way place where the only living organism likely to tread in it is a wandering ant, or something.
Truly, I am baffled.
Post Edited (NiceCupOfTea) : 12/22/2014 7:32:55 PM (GMT-7)