How do you make the stoma bag stick better?!!

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   Posted 3/20/2007 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, im 17 years old and had the ileostomy opertion on the 7th march 2007. i am still learning and trying to get used to this new thing in my life. I cant stop thinking that the stoma bag is going to fall off and/or leak. This is because the adhesive peels and ive tried warming the bag up with my hands and on the radiator and it still not working. Is there any tips or tricks to make the bag stick better?  Thanks 

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   Posted 3/20/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey! I'm 18 and had surgery 6 days before you! Haha. I have a temporary ileostomy. Do they fall off after you put them on? You can try different types of the adhesive part. I use the type that looks and feels like a bandaid and they work well. I notice after wearing them in the shower or for long periods of time they fall off but thats usually when I change everything. I guess just make sure your skins clean and dry before putting it on and you could use medical tape if its really coming off. Hope this helps a bit. Good luck!

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   Posted 3/22/2007 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
hey firthy! what brand are you using? i found coloplast didn't fit nicely to my body and the flange started peeling off almost immediately after i put it on. tried hollister and they work great. i have not had a bag fall off or leak yet, i was pretty paranoid about that after my operation too. do you have an ET nurse? they could get you sorted out really quick!

Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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   Posted 3/22/2007 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I would suggest talking to an ET nurse and contacting the different suppliers to get samples. Most suppliers are more than willing to send you at least 2-3 samples of different flanges, bags, paste, anything you want. I know a lot of people have also said that they use an ostomy belt help secure things a bit more. I never used one (now I have the jpouch) but thinking back, I probably should have tried one.

I found ConvaTec didn't work for me, the Holister worked but I have sensitive skin and it got irritated from the flange. For me, I found the best was flanges and pouches were the ones from Coloplast.
** Christine **
UC dx - 2005
ileostomy - Oct 2005
J-Pouch - May 2006

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   Posted 3/22/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
i have found that using smith-nephew's "skin-prep" and the ostomy belt has gotten more use out of my wafer. I use holister new image which is a 2 piece system. before the belt i would get a max of 2 days out of a wafer before it leaked, now it get at least 5 days out of it. good luck!!!
Pancolitis since May of 2005, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis since April of 2006, and Deep Vein Thrombosis November 2006.  I'm a new daddy, new hubby, and new state within the last 10 months.
40mg tapered prednisone, 10mg lexapro, Illeostomy, 50 mg atenolol. 
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   Posted 3/23/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Also you can try getting a belt. I didn't care for it but I know lots of people feel better with them on.

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   Posted 3/23/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you using a 1 peice system or 2? I have had pretty decent luck with hollister 2 piece systems. Since my stoma is shrinking my doctor uses paste on the edge of the wafer near where it encircles the stoma as to not let any leakage under my skin causing other issues. If your stool is watery you can try belts I tend to use mine overnight and if I go out. On a website I'm sorry I cant recall the site at this time they have this belt like device that is stretchy and has a hole for the flange to fit through and a place where the bottom of the pouch comes out so there is no need to take it off to empty the pouch...just found the site and it is listed under nu-hope ostomy
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temporary iliostomy February 19 2007
Ovarian cysts dx 1994, migraines dx 1996, allergies (including food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (sligtly different than true food allergies), Astham dx 1984, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia Sx 1987
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wahaab chaudhry
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   Posted 4/26/2016 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Man i wish i could go back to 2011 life was so much better than, im a 15 year old kid who has a colostomy because i was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014. To help colsotomy stick better make sure not to sit alot and use the belt that helps too.

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   Posted 4/26/2016 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wahaab Chaudry,

This is an old thread. All of the responses above you are from 2007.

That said, I have a great deal of empathy for you. You're just a kid is right. 15 is too young to have to go through any of this. I just wanted to validate you. Regardless of you needing it due to your diagnosis, regardless of all of that. Young people need not to have to deal with things of this nature in sickness or otherwise etc. It's supposed to be your time to fly. That said, I hope somehow you end up getting on well in life. I sincerely do.

**Is there a chance you are a candidate for a reversal/reconnect or anything like this after a time?

VG xo
Feb/2015 total colectomy*redundant/lazy large colon.7.5 ft.Function test no markers came out after 7 days*Rectal intussusception*Ansimus*Psuedo obstruction.Nov 23-Dec 23/2015 ER.In hospital,2 surgeries.Removed adhesions,untwisted small bowel.Dec15 LOOP ILEOSTOMY.Sick & emaciated 3.5 years no doc believed I can't go/so can't eat.Reversal after 6-12 mos,direct reconnect or jpouch.No pharmaceuticals.

Post Edited (Vancouver-Girl) : 4/26/2016 7:46:24 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/29/2016 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you using an oil-free soap around your stoma such as ivory or Dial?
Have you tried Cavolon 3m as a skin prep?
Also, a stealth belt or an Ostomy Secret product, I have found eased my mind with the same fears and concerns you have. Good luck.
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