Ostomy Supplies

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/9/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am new here and trying to help myfather adjust to is ostomy.  He arrived home from the hospital today and we are new to this.  First question please, and I apologize as I am sure it has been asked before.  Disposable bags???  Liners?  Is there such a thing as a completely disposable bag that he can change and dispose of?  This emptying the bag is difficult as he is a older man.  The smell, well you know, do the filters work???  Any help or suggestions is appreciated!!!  Also best place to purchase supplies?

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Date Joined Nov 2003
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   Posted 9/9/2007 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not use liners or filters and if he is older (arthritic?) I'm sure some bags are easier to manipulate than others. However, Edgepark has a very good catalog of all sorts of bags and supplies. An ET nurse may point you in a good direction to begin with--there is always a bit of trial and error at first. Oh, and ET nurses can usually give a couple different types or brands of bags to try out, too. Good luck.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 9/10/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well. You are so sweet to help your father out with this. I hope he is doing well after surgery. I did a Google search for disposable ostomy bags, and they do have them. They cost about a $1.00 per bag. As for smell, a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide works really well. It's inexpensive and sold everywhere. Please ask us any questions, we're here to help.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 9/12/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
You really need to have an expert evaluate your father's stoma, output, and physical abilities. An ET (enterstomal therapy) nurse can really help you.

It depends on your father's insurance where he should get his supplies. Medicare pays for supplies, but if he has supplemental insurance or one of the new HMO's, he may need to go with who ever they are contracted with.

Yes, there are totally disposable bags, there are bags to be used daily, there are bags made to last weeks. Only an expert who gets to know your dads special needs can help you decide.
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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