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Cutting size hole in Bags

Posted by Mike6952, on Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:11 am

Do all areas receive there bags with the hole already cut out to the correct size or has it to be done individually?.....

Reply by Gemd, on Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:40 am

There are already cut and cut to fit bags.

Reply by Morning glory , on Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:02 am

There are some pouches that have a small starter hole that you can cut to your size. You need to measure your stoma first before cutting. Perfect for those that have an irregular shape stoma.

Reply by Mike6952, on Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:14 am

Yes I know most are but there are some places that supply and not cut I was just wondering how many just supply and have to be cut by yourself 

Reply by weewee, on Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:14 pm

hello i get mine from Hollister i have to cut mine to fit everytime i have to change my cut cause sometimes  my stoma change its shape from being in a scar and not being totally round mine is shaped like a eye. just  like Morning glory said you can order them that way so if your stoma changes shape  cut to fit

Reply by countyclare, on Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:18 am

Greetings,

I have a cutter made by NuHope Laboratories. I don't remember where I got it. I've been using it for many years.

It has a round white enamel handle connected to a round steel cutter. I just place the cutter in the middle of the stomahesive wafer and twist it.

It makes a perfect round hole in the wafer which fits perfectly around my stoma.  

Feel free to contact me if you need further clarification.

Mike

Reply by NJ Bain, on Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:32 am

Mike6952,

  I've never seen a pouch that didn't at least have a starter hole like Morning glory said.  I myself use Convatec cut-to-fit one piece pouches because they have more of the wafer material than the precut pouches.  I do this because I have an allergy to the tape that anchors the pouch down and end up cutting off the tape.  So having more of the wafer material to stick to my skin, the better.

  I actually use cuticle scissors to cut a custom hole in my pouches.  I just took a Dremel tool to grind down the points on the ends of the scissors so I don't accidentally puncture the pouch.  Been using them for years.

 

Bain

Reply by mamatembo, on Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:03 pm

I have an oval shape to the stoma with widest part being on the left. I have drawn a template for it. Then I get a box or two of wafers out and outline the template on to each wafer. My son then cuts the box(es) of wafers out with an Exacto knife and it works beautifully.

Reply by iMacG5, on Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:48 pm

I never cut to fit because I use ConvaTec Natura Moldable Skin Barriers.  It would probably be worth getting a couple free samples.  

Mike

Reply by Mike6952, on Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:55 am

Thanks guys for all the information 

Mike

Reply by panther, on Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:55 am

Mine are cute to size, can see your from the UK so won't be problem getting yours cut from your home delivery company and most pharmacys will get them cut to size too you should use the measusaring guide that comes in your box monthly to check your stoma hasn't got smaller or bigger  

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:15 pm

I have used the cut to fit and precut  1” flanges but my stoma changed shape on me and is no long that perfect little round bump . I get a much better fit when cuttin myself since Betty had decided to go Oval! 

Reply by Little Red, on Wed May 08, 2019 4:29 pm

I use Hollister and have two different pouches,  one I cut myself 8331,  and the other I was usiing had already been cut, 8330 and had a smaller barrier,  But Hollister no longer makes it,  so I am looking for another that works the same way,  So far no luck.  I do have a few samples that I sent for and will be trying them.  So I guess to answer your question  I use both.

 

Reply by xnine, on Sun May 12, 2019 5:45 am

I use Hollister products and they have a size that fits me. I was cutting them at first but now I am good to go.

 

Reply by Little Red, on Sun May 12, 2019 10:53 am

Here is a little tip for those cutting there own bags,  Buy yourself a good pair of Nurses Bandage sissors  they work well for cutting,  No sharp points to cut  the bag.  I have two pair I use for all bags    Also use a few drops of oil  in your pouch at every empty ( I use baby oil )  it will slide down easier. and not pancake.  It also helps with odor. I put mine in a spray bottle and give my pouch a couple of squirts.

 

 

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Reply by Puppyluv56, on Sun May 12, 2019 2:50 pm

Little red, I make my own poo spray  with alcohol and a few drops of lemon oils. ( Walmart about $5) Bet it would mix well with baby oil instead of rubbing alcohol for your pouch too! One bottle of oils will last forever! 

Pup

Reply by Little Red, on Sun May 12, 2019 4:45 pm

Hey pup,  You mean mixing

the lemon oil with the baby oil,  ?  

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Sun May 12, 2019 6:44 pm

Yep, wonder if that would work! I would not spray the alcohol/lemon oil in my pouch. Pretty sure “Betty” would not like that( the alcohol) but I wonder if the oils would mix with baby oil! You would have better odor control and the lubricant you need to assist poo to the bottom! I have both so I will have to try it and let you know! 

Reply by Ladyhawke, on Tue May 28, 2019 10:44 pm
mamatembo wrote:

I have an oval shape to the stoma with widest part being on the left. I have drawn a template for it. Then I get a box or two of wafers out and outline the template on to each wafer. My son then cuts the box(es) of wafers out with an Exacto knife and it works beautifully.

 

Could you pls show me how to go about makin the template.mine is oval to...high on left and touching skin on the right...tia



Reply by iMacG5, on Fri May 31, 2019 9:55 am

Hi Ladyhawke.  My suggestion is to use the templates that come with the wafers.  Find the size that begins to fit over the stoma and begin cutting it as needed to slide all the way to your skin.  It's tedious.  Take your time; be patient.  It will work.

Good luck,

Mike

Reply by iMacG5, on Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:43 pm

Hi Ladyhawke.  Forget what I just wrote and refer to my original suggestion to get samples from Convatec.  Their number is 1-800-422-8811.

Good luck,

Mike 

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:57 pm

I always precut to get a good fit. You can get precut and trim the ends for your oval stoma. I use the one inch circle to start to make my template.  Cut the hole in a paper or thing cardboard. I trim it to make it oval and just keep fitting it over my stoma till it fits perfectly around my stoma. Then I use that piece of paper I cut the template, lay it on the pouch or flange and use a pen to draw on the outside of the pouch before I take the protective coating off. Cut the pouch and Trim it to fit perfectly every time! 

Reply by Little Red, on Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:09 am

I have a question,  when measuring  do I just measure the stoma itself or do we measure the whole area where the stoma is attatched to the skin.   Am I making sense ?   I make my whole in the bag to just fit  over the stoma itself  which is 1 inch,  If I went to the edge of the skin it would be 1 1/8 inch.

   I have never known  which to measure.

 

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:42 pm

The stoma is measured from top to bottom and side to side to side of just the stoma.  You should get a template in the box with your pouches to use as a guide! They are not precise but you can place the template over your stoma to see which one is closest to fit all around the stoma, against it but not on it. Cut the template a little at a time till you think it has the perfect fit and then use that as your guide when cutting your pouch. If it is too big, that is okay but too small will hurt and your stoma May bleed.  Hope this helps

,Puppyluv 

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