I have recently had an ileostomy for chronic constipation caused by extremely slow transit. I actually ended up having three bouts of surgery in the space of five weeks, but that is by the by.
I know it takes about six weeks for the stoma to settle down to a pretty constant size. The problem I am facing is how 'snug' should a 'snug' fit be? I have had so much conflicting advice from the medical profession.¬†
It has to fit exactly, it has to have 1mm gap all the way round, it has to be given room to move etc etc. I just want to know what size the hole should be. I have to wear a convex pouch as my stoma has a 'channel' running round most of it. This gets sore very very easily. I also change it twice daily to try to prevent any soreness.
Any answers would be so appreciated.