I have had an ileostomy for almost 50 years. Since the beginning, I have used a pouching system produced by Marlen Products (MDW-10-201) that has worked very well for me. I prefer this pouch because it is made of a vinyl/plastic material and is extremely durable, especially for showering or swimming. You can't see anything through the pouch at all. I have tried the newer pouches, but the material of all the others seems very flimsy in comparison and not very durable, especially for swimming, which I enjoy living in Florida.
I can also usually go 6 to 7 days before changing it. This is also a testament to why my skin is in very good condition.
However, this pouch system is very cumbersome because the pouch must be attached to a mounting ring (face plate) and secured with an O-ring. A double-sided adhesive disk is then applied to the faceplate and then to my skin.
I am a petite woman under 5' tall and therefore, I use a pediatric size. But as of late, Marlen has stopped manufacturing this pouch in pediatric size and in beige. It is still available in a small size in white. This would be acceptable to me, but in addition, the machine that makes the faceplate has malfunctioned and Marlen doesn't know when or if the machine will be fixed.
This has led me to trying various pouches from different manufacturers, but I haven't found any pouch that has the wear or durability of the Marlen pouch. However, I have found that all of the new pouches are very easy to apply and remove, especially the one-piece design.
My ideal pouch would be a pouch that is made out of a non-see-through vinyl or plastic like the Marlen pouch, but to have the design of some of the one- or two-piece systems offered through different manufacturers.
At present, I am contacting the various manufacturers to provide this suggestion and hope that I can pique interest from them and other OstoMates into a more durable pouching system.
Thank you for your time and consideration.