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.