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Cutting the hole in flange

Posted by nessy, on Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:00 pm
Dunno if it's just me, but I had a hard time cutting a hole in the flange with scissors, always seem to be a ragged hole ?
What I found to be easier is to use a hole punch and a hammer, in my case i happened to have a block of teflon, but a hardwood 4X4 on end works just as good for the "anvil"

Cheers Bob.
Reply by SheliaBaby, on Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:48 pm
I have had pretty good luck using hemostat type scissors.....the kind that are very pointed and sharp.  Even then still get a ragged edge at times.  Have had best results with precut....guess everyone just has to experiment to find out what works best for them.

Good luck!  Shelia Smile
Reply by gutenberg, on Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:28 pm
Congratulations on coming up with a really good idea, I was fortunate enough to get the precut flanges after many years of cutting that shit hole, now with Adapt seals and precut flanges, I can finally say I got this problem solved. Good job, Ed
Reply by nessy, on Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:52 pm
Thanks for the replies and info, I really gotta get out more I didn't know there are precut flanges.
Cheers Bob.
Reply by loren4life, on Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:06 pm
Mine is a perfect (?) oblong.  Don't know of any tools to handle that except scissors.  I don't expect perfection so I do a great job always!!  Loren
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Reply by Past Member, on Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:14 pm
After many years of doing just what you explained with the scissors and cutting, I bought through this site a one piece, rather small in size device that is a metal ring mounted on a round lucite pad that fits in the palm of your hand. The ring is the exact size that I need and all I have to do is place the device on the center of the wafer and put pressure on it as I give it a turn. I get a clean, smooth cut out just at the right size. I usually pre cut five wafers so that i can  have quick access to them without having to go through the entire procedure every time. It is the same basic thing that you have, but because of its one piece and small size it is very easy to carry it with you when you travel. It is from Nu-Hope Laboratories.
Reply by janice, on Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:46 am
i use a pair of curved scissors made my coloplast.
Reply by Lydia, on Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:18 am
I have the upturned coloplast scissors too, they are brilliant Smile

Lydia x
Reply by budd002, on Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:12 pm
I got a pair of tiny curves scissors when I first got my ostomy. I'm thinking that toe nail scissors would work as well as they are also curved. Good idea though Do a bunch at once and have them all ready.
Reply by 2NDCHANCE, on Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:19 pm
Hi bob in port alberni,yes,I only found out about precuts too about a year ago after the et nurse told me so a lot of getting used to ostomy care is about educating the patient!
mike in victoria
Reply by greenfairy, on Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:27 pm
Hi I don't know if maybe your stoma is not to the size after surgery that it will stay for the rest of your life, but if you are far enough out post-op, it should be. Once all the swelling goes down, measure your stoma using the round circle cards you can get at any stoma supply place or from an ET nurse. Once you have your stoma size you can order pre-cut wafers/flanges. I have not cut one myself for 11 years, unless my stoma swells because I am sick or something, then I just make the pre-cut hole a bit larger. Take it from a veteran, once you go pre-cut, you will never go back! Kelli
Reply by groovyheaven, on Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:25 am
I had the curved sharp scissors that i was given in hospital straight after my operation, but the best ones i know use were sainsburys 99p craft scissors as the sharp edge of the curved scissors ept cutting through the plastic meaning the smell leaked. Very Happy xx
Reply by ventionmd, on Mon May 30, 2016 1:15 am

Here is a new way to cut flanges, if you have the difficulty of scissoring.

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