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Tue Dec 21, 2021 10:50 am
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I'm confused by some of the post I've read about the ring barriers. Do you really need one or not? I've always used one but reading some post it sounds like some of you may not. What is the right answer? Also, moldeable flangs, I used a barrier ring under one & I'm guessing you don't need one beacause it did not work well, so for those who uses them, do they work well? I hate having to cut my flange to fit. Looking for the most easiest way when changing.

Tue Dec 21, 2021 11:43 am

I found a flange that fits, no cutting. There lots of them out there maybe one fits you. I use a ring to protect my skin. There no gaps around my stoma, no exposed skin to get irritated.

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Tue Dec 21, 2021 12:27 pm


xnine wrote:

I found a flange that fits, no cutting. There lots of them out there maybe one fits you. I use a ring to protect my skin. There no gaps around my stoma, no exposed skin to get irritated.

Hi xnine.. My stoma is sorta oblong & all that I've seen are for round that would fit without cutting. I have a loop colostomy, I guess I should have said that from the start. Thank you for your response!

Tue Dec 21, 2021 2:08 pm

Hello Pinkie pooh.

(A great name by the way!)

I had loads of these sort of things supplied as samples when I first started with a stoma but although I gave them a try, none of them seemed appropriate for me. Eventually I decided to make my own flanges and attach the manufacturer's bags and stuff to those.  This DIY bespoke fitting has worked well for me over the years but it took a lot of 'tweeking' to get it just right.  I did have an oblong stoma to cater for in the early years, but it seemed to have changed shape and is now more or less round. I think that if it had stayed oblong, I would have made myself a cutting jig to fit, so that I could cut the wafers to the precise measurments every time. 

It isn't easy to experiment and get things just how you want them. However, most of the manufacturers are quite willing to discuss these problems and maybe come up with some solutions for you to try. I know that Coloplast (who I deal with) are often reminding me that they have a special R&D department for just this type of discussion with us users. I sometimes wondered if they would let me into their department to play on my own - but as yet  I have not come across anything I want to make that couldn't be constructed in my own shed.

Best wishes

Bill   

Tue Dec 21, 2021 4:14 pm


Bill wrote:

Hello Pinkie pooh.

(A great name by the way!)

I had loads of these sort of things supplied as samples when I first started with a stoma but although I gave them a try, none of them seemed appropr...

Thanks Bill..I recently had surgery for a peristomal hernia. I started out smaller, got larger over the years & finally someone listened to me & I got my surgery last month which was somewhat difficult now it is sorta sunken in on one side making it difficult for the barrier to adhere. I'm sure it will all level out. Cutting to fit is just frustrating for me. I do keep a pattern to use to cut with. I Might give your source a call & see what we can come up with.

Tue Dec 21, 2021 4:42 pm

Hi PP,

  Having that dip on one side, as you describe does complicate matters..........as you're probably aware.  Whether someone needs a ring seal or not really depends on their individual situation.  When I first got my ostomy I didn't use a ring.  Then I started getting leaks and tried a few.  They come in various thicknesses and OD/IDs, so there's lots to chose from.  For a situation like yours, you might want to experiment with using half a ring (or any section of a ring) to fill in the depressed area to make the skin level for the barrier to attach to.  For large depressions or the like I've never found the paste to work, but maybe that's just me.  They make flat and convex rings or seals.......and Hollister even has an oval convex ring now.......so you have that to think about also.  The only way to know for sure is to experiment and try different things. For me, I've found that the things I fully expected to work........didn't, and those that I was iffy about........did.  So nothing is really obvious.  

  Having to cut your own hole in your barrier is exactly what I do.  My stoma is oval shaped and you won't find any pre-cut ovals that will exactly match yours.  I mean you might, but it would be rare.  If you despise cutting the barrier hole I'd suggest you set aside some time and cut a bunch of them at the same time, put them back in their package and put the package in a Ziplock bag.  This way you'll have them ready to go for when you need to change.  I've done this in the past, but really don't mind cutting one before I pull the old one off.  I use a template that I continue to tweak each time I cut a new hole........and save the last two templates just in case I lose one. 

regards,

bob

Wed Dec 22, 2021 9:00 am

Hi Pinkie i have a dip at the bottom of my stoma and i use a part of an eakin seal to fill it in so like Bob said to make it level for the wafer to sit on.

Wed Dec 22, 2021 9:40 am

Thank you, I'll try that.

Wed Dec 22, 2021 9:46 am


w30bob wrote:

Hi PP,

  Having that dip on one side, as you describe does complicate matters..........as you're probably aware.  Whether someone needs a ring seal or not really depends on their individual situ...

Thanks Bob..I did not know Hollister had an oval shape ring but I like the idea of adding an extra piece where it dips to help level it out. Awesome!

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