leaking colostomy bag

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leaking colostomy bag

by jigger on Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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I have tried everything from watching what i eat to heating the bag but i am faced with a problem with the bag blocking and my waste not going into my bag but going through the sides of the bag and making a terrible mess. This can happen at 2 am in the morning which is very upsetting.

can anyone please help me with suggestions?

Jigger.

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by trehouse60 on Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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Call your dr's office and ask for a referral to an enterostomal therapist.  The therapist can work with you to find the best solution.  You may have to put up with a few more messes before this gets worked out, but well worth it to have one on one help from a professional.  (you might also check with whomever taught you colostomy care initially - if you can get them on the phone,  they would be familiar with your routine and could perhaps give you some suggestions to get you through until you can get appts set up with the enterostomal therapist.)

Sincerely,

Tre

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by tkdutch on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 11/26/2008 jigger wrote:

I have tried everything from watching what i eat to heating the bag but i am faced with a problem with the bag blocking and my waste not going into my bag but going through the sides of the bag and making a terrible mess. This can happen at 2 am in the morning which is very upsetting.

can anyone please help me with suggestions?

Jigger.


 

Oh dear,

you shouldn't have this problem at all, check back with your home health care nurse, and she should be able to help you.

I am using the New Image, two peace Ostomy System by Hollister for over a year now and haven't expierenced any leakage.

Thomas

 

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by Carol1948 on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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My husband had a colostomy and the only time we had a problem such as the one you have explained is when the wafer was not adhered properly to the abdomen.  The skin has to be perfectly dry and clean.  The wafer has to be fitted properly to the shape of the stoma wheter it be a concave or convex type of shape.  If it is constipation, you may need to increase your laxative or stool softener.  Hope this helps.

Carol

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by Carol1948 on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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P.S.  My husband also used the New Image by Hollister and found the line to be a very good product.

Carol

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by Gina_L_2 on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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Jigger,

How long have you had your colostomy?  Most of the ostomy companies will send you free samples to try to find the best fit for your ostomy. I use the medical supply company called EDGEPARK MEDICAL.  Check out the website and call the 800 #, they will give you the #'s to all the ostomy supply companies directly.  You can contact them directly and ask for their samples.  I have a permanent ileostomy ( for a year) My advice is to keep it simple....don't use all the bells and whistles...just soap and water to clean, a good adhesive and a pouch that you find works for you.  I have settled on the contoured ones...they are more for flatter stomas.

If you have any questions...feel free to call me directly.

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Sincerely,

Gina

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by Lemondrop on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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Jigger,

You have to cut the wafer so it's approximately 1/2 bigger than the stoma.  Gently clean the area around the stoma then dry and apply a product called skin prep.  Skin prep protects the skin and helps the wafer to stick better.  You may have to increase your fluids to keep your stools soft and mobile.

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by Lemondrop on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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Jigger,

I meant 1/2 inch bigger than the stoma.  Also, I am very familiar with New Image products and they work very well.

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by mimiinvancouver on Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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Jigger,

My husband had this same problem and it was very messy and frustrating.  It seemed like everyone we talked to had never had this problem....very frustrating.  Like others have said here, we called several colostomy supply companies and received lots of samples before we found something that worked and it was from Hollister.  Also, we went back to the hospital he had the surgery at to meet with some nurses who specialized in the colostomy procedures and they gave us samples and demonstrated several different "tricks".  One thing that really helped was a belt.....don't know if you have that now or not but it pulls the bag to your belly more. 

Michelle

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by Debbie2 on Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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my husband had to take sennecot-s on a regular basis- or he would "blow" the bag because the stools were to firm to go thru the opening of the bag.

we also had a lot of luck with using a belt-  and lots of pink tape.

ck with your ostomy supply place- they usually have a nurse to help you find the right appliances-  i found them more helpful than the nurses at the hospital.

good luck

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