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Why would you not use a 'moldable' flange?

Wed Mar 31, 2021 5:29 pm
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I am new to this and am using the ConvaTec 'moldable' flange (2-pieace). 'Moldable' seems the easiest and safest type of flange. You don't have to cut the opening and the moldable stuff can be pushed up tight to your stoma. I have not tried the cut-to-fit yet. So I am wondering why would anyone not use the 'moldable' type. Just wondering what I am missing.




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Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:03 pm

Hi Gary,

  Well......a couple of reasons. From what I've heard (I haven't tried the Convatec moldable).....the moldable doesn't last as long as a cut to fit and a barrier ring. Also the Convatec is rather thick in the non-bandage portion, which makes the barrier stick out further from your skin.....making it more noticeable under your shirt.  It's all about personal preference and using what you're comfortable with.........and I tend to follow the "if it ain't broke......don't fix it" mindset. But it is interesting, and if it works for you......stick with it!




Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:57 pm

True THAT from Bob.  Also, a cut to fit means... well..  some stomas aren't round so u may need  cut it oval like..  it gets out of round over the years. I used that same setup  you are using, Gary. It was ok for a while   but the leaks were impossible to solve.  I switched to the mio sensura flip and leakage problem solved. It is  smart wafer. really hugs the area much better as an appliance.  I still use a barrier ring.  

Welcome!   Warrior

Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:28 am

Hi all i tryed the moldable for my ilieo. and had nothing but leaks, tryed using with rings, paste and by itself and didnt work so i went back to 2pc. convatec system. 

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Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:57 am

I was at the launch event in the UK few years back for Conavtec mouldable or as there slogan went 'mouldable the way to go' I fell in love with them at first sight the seal around my stoma was the best seal I've ever had in over 30 years of having an ostomy, they just didn't stick to me very well so didn't use them for long that's just how it goes not everything works for all of us there good quality and I know others that have no problems with them, highly recomend to anyone that hasn't tried them to give them a try if they can get free samples.

I'm just surpprised no other company has come out with there own version of mouldable I've been waiting for years now for someone else to make them so can see if they will stick to my skin better 

Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:00 pm

Interesting. I have not had any leaks so far with the ConvaTec moudable flange. But only 7 pouches so far. Seems to be working just fine. I had cut a cut-to-fit type flange and the jagged edges got me worried. The moldable ones turtle-neck around the stoma after it's on. You can push the moudable stuff right up to the stoma so it seems that would be the best fit. And for different stoma shapes. Yea, the two-piece does tend to stick out a bit but, so far, I like the two-piece so far.



Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:25 am

Hi Gary.  I've used the Convatec stuff from day one and haven't had any problems.  I think the length and shape of the stoma might dictate what appliance to use.  If the stoma is long enought to allow the stuff to dump into the pouch without any pancaking or other problems caused by a recessed stoma, the moldable appliance seems perfect.  It actually "turtle necks" itself to really protect the surrounding skin.  It will conform to a round, oval or any shaped stoma.



Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:07 pm

I believe the moldable is on a base plate, part of a 2 piece system. I tried the 2 piece system in the beginning. I had too many leaks. I started out of the gate with Convatec products from the hospital. Went through all the samples I got from other companies including the 2 piece systems. As a female, I felt the flange system did not move with me as I would like it to. It felt very restrictive. I also thought it was too bulky under my clothing.       I went back to the 1 pc and use a convex pouch with a barrier ring. Has worked great for almost 6 years now! It's all trial and error, and an individual choice. In theory, the moldable does sound like a great solution.

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