FILTERS - ARGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!

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ENIGMAWRAP
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   Posted 2/13/2018 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello ostomates!!!! Long time no see, or should I say, long time no empty bag?! I know, bad, bad joke.

Anyway, just curious about filters: I have been using convatec natura, with the wonderful moldable wafer, however, over the past year(?) it seams the filter function has gone....bags still come with filters, but from the start of a new bag, the filter does not let any gas pass through. So, I sent for some samples of the old stand-by Hollister - New image - and tried them two days ago (with filter)...and, to my sad amazement, they are doing the same thing as the convatec's - the filters don't work at all from the start of wear.

So, how are the filter wearers making out? What brand are you using? for all the non-filter wearers, what other "burp" system are you using besides breaking the pouch/wafer seal to let the air out?

Thanks for all!

songlady
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   Posted 2/13/2018 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wrap - HaHa, I liked that.

I am new at this; got my ileo not quite 2 months ago. It's a loop, and I had a J Pouch built, but now reversal is on hold while I have chemo.

So I have no experience with how the bags once were. But as I've tried to find something that works, I've tried Coloplast, Convatec and Hollister, and none of the filters have really worked. It sounds as though you are not using drainable bags? All the ones I've tried are drainable, so it's easy to burp the bag from the bottom of it, when using the toilet, without messing with the wafer.

Somehow it doesn't surprise me that "details" on ostomy bags, like so many other products out there, might not be crafted as well as they used to be, as companies try to save on production costs.
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/13/2018 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had a filter work either. I have tried the osto ez vents, and those are interesting. You actually have to install them yourself, and they make a little peekaboo into the pouch where you can lift the top off, like a sunroof sort of. That lets you get air out. The problem with it is, if you open it and there's something under there, it can erupt like a volcano. It happened to me once. I was at home, but it was a hassle and I swore to never use a vent again. I used to also wear 2-piece pop on appliances and burp by opening the ring slightly, but it's difficult to know whether it's an acceptable time to do that. Sometimes there's stuff caked at the top and it can make a mess. I never found a good way to deal with gas. People always say gas becomes less of an issue over time, but I only had my ostomy for 12 weeks, so mine was in high drive the entire time.
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Christine1946
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   Posted 2/16/2018 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
DITTO!!! I use Coloplast Sensura. It also has a filter, don't ask me why because it never worked. I like the bags though.

clo2014
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   Posted 2/16/2018 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Those filters are worthless. I have tried them all. I use two pieces so sometimes I pop the top just a Little to let the gas out...but I always fear that there may be something there so I go to the rest rooms.

The gas going away or lessening hasn't happened for me yet and its been almost 17 months.....hmmm....

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