Coloplast Brava Protective Rings: REVIEW (w/ video)

Barrier rings can help to prevent ostomy leaks, but most barrier rings get gooey and melt. Brava Protective Rings are Coloplast’s solution to this problem. But do they work?

Disclosure: All products used in this review were purchased by me through a local ostomy supplier.

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Coloplast Brava Protective Ring: Review

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About Brava Protective Rings

The products listed below were used for this review. Other sizes are available.

Product name: Brava Protective Ring
Manufacturer: Coloplast
Product #: 12037
Dimensions: 27mm stoma size, 2.5mm thick.
Quantity per package: 10, single-use

Product name: Brava Protective Ring
Manufacturer: Coloplast
Product #: 12047
Dimensions: 27mm stoma, 4.2mm thick.
Quantity per package: 10, single-use

Part of the Brava line by Coloplast, these Protective Rings offer another option to prevent ostomy leaks and to get a better fitting appliance.

Info In the UK, this product is called “Brava Protective Seals”, not Rings.

Interestingly enough, Coloplast already offers a moldable ring product, but it seems that the Protective Ring will be replacing them eventually.

The advantage of using the Brava Protective Ring over the Brava Moldable Ring is pretty clear:

  • They are more durable and less likely to “melt”.
  • They are easier to handle and leave less residue.
  • They are available in more sizes to fit the stoma better (currently 6 different options vs. 2).
  • They come off the skin more cleanly.

These come in an attractive white and blue colored box that opens up by sliding the center part. I would have liked a traditional box that just opens on the top, but that’s just my preference.

Each Protective Ring comes in an individually sealed plastic packet, making them easy to travel with. There’s a little pull tab on one corner to open the packet. Inside, you will find the Protective Ring with plastic liners on each face (to protect it from sticking in the package). These come off easily.

Holding Coloplast Brava Protective Ring small

Something that I really appreciate is the fact that Coloplast offers several sizes and thicknesses of Protective Rings to accommodate various stoma sizes and requirements.

Currently, the following sizes are available:

  • 18mm / 2.5mm thick.
  • 27mm / 2.5mm thick.
  • 34mm / 2.5mm thick.
  • 18mm / 4.2mm thick.
  • 27mm / 4.2mm thick.
  • 34mm / 4.2mm thick.

My stoma usually sits around the 30-32mm size, so I went with the 27mm ring, which can be stretched out. If you have a larger stoma, like one for a colostomy, then you have the option of going with a 34mm ring.

You can also go with rings that are either 2.5mm or 4.2mm depending on your needs.

I’m happy to report that Coloplast does not use animal ingredients in this product, which makes it suitable for vegans.


Using the Brava Protective Ring

The Brava Protective Ring works like most other barrier ring products and the instructions are the same:

  1. Remove the ring from the package by pulling on the blue tab.
  2. Remove the release liner from the face of the ring.
  3. Stretch it to the size/shape of your stoma.
  4. Either apply it directly to your skin, making sure that it’s snug around your stoma.  Or, you can apply it around the hole on the back of your wafer (my preferred method).
  5. Proceed with putting on your appliance.

Of note, the instructions also say that “If you use a 2-piece ostomy appliance, it is possible to apply Protective Seal directly to the coupling side of the baseplate, to achieve a snug fit around the stoma.” I did try this as I can see it coming in handy if you’ve cut your wafer too large, but I didn’t find this to be particularly effective as a gap would be left as my stoma expands and contracts with peristalsis – stick to sticking this under your wafer (no pun intended).

Speaking of filling gaps, if you were to cut your wafer a little too big, putting one of these Protective Rings under your wafer will help to protect your skin and fill in the space (see photo below for an example).

Coloplast Brava Protective Ring under wafer
You can see the Protective Ring peeking out where the wafer is cut too large on the top right.

There’s really nothing special about removing the ring – I find that it comes off together with my wafer if I’m using an adhesive remover spray (which I recommend doing). You may decide to follow up by cleaning the skin to remove any residue, but it’s not really necessary unless you have to shave the area.

My experience with removing these rings is far better than with other products, which often tend to come apart or leave a sticky mess.  This is a big improvement over the Brave Moldable Rings.


My Experience

Having sampled many different barrier rings from various brands, I will say that these are some of the best when as far as durability and ease of removal are concerned.

When it comes to actually handling the Protective Ring as you’re applying it, they are a bit sticky but don’t leave as much residue as other barrier ring products I’ve tried. And while I’d usually be washing my hands after handling a barrier ring, I didn’t feel the need to with these.

Coloplast Brava Protective Rings in hand
Unlike many other barrier rings, I don’t feel the need to wash sticky residue off my hands when handling these.

In my tests, I’ve worn these rings between two and six days of continual wear, and they don’t “melt” like I would have expected. Melting is the most common complaint from people who use barrier rings, and some products turn to mushy goo after a few days of wear.

Most surprising, however, is when it came time to removing my appliance.  Usually, I would expect a sticky mess when using a barrier ring, but these come off pretty cleanly and together with my wafer (especially when you use an adhesive remover).

I won’t say that it’s perfect, though. There’s still a slight bit of residue left on the skin, but it’s mostly just tackiness – not globs of product you have to scrape off!

But do they work?

Obviously, if you’re using a barrier ring it’s likely to solve an issue with either leaks or to help fill in gaps under your appliance.

That said, I would say that my success with this product is about 70%.

I was sometimes able to get six days of wear without any leaks and minimal erosion of the product, and at other times I’d get a leak after two days. This is frustrating, to say the least, especially if the goal is to prevent leaks.

This inconsistency is something I’ve noticed with other barrier rings, including Eakin Rings, so it’s not really the fault of this particular product.

One possible reason for this is because my output is generally thicker, and barrier rings work better with thin or liquid output.  That said, without a barrier ring I’m able to easily get 4+ days of wear that’s consistent and (mostly) trouble-free.

But just because these don’t work for me on a regular basis, doesn’t mean that I can’t use them off and on when my skin needs some time to heal. In fact, these are perfect to use if I have some damaged skin around my stoma, and I outline how I heal my skin in THIS article.


Conclusion

At the time of this writing (March 2017), a box of Brava Protective Rings sell for CDN$50-60 depending on the size. These are now available in Canada and the UK (Sold as “Brava Protective Seals”), but will be available in the US soon!

Samples are available from Coloplast and I would recommend you try a sample before purchasing a box just to make sure they work for your skin. I would also recommend sampling these if you already use a barrier ring product but have had trouble with excessive “melting” or removing it.

Most private insurance companies should cover these.

Pros:

  • Can help to prevent leaks around the stoma.
  • Available in multiple sizes and thickness’.
  • Doesn’t “melt” like the Brava Moldable Rings.
  • Leaves very little residue on the skin.
  • Individually sealed.
  • No animal ingredients.
  • Can be applied to wafer or directly to your skin.
  • Conforms to any required shape.
  • Can be torn into a smaller size.

Cons:

  • Inconsistent results (for me).
  • Not available everywhere.
  • Expensive.

Recommended

If you’re using the Brava Moldable Rings and find that they break down too easily or are difficult to remove cleanly, then the Brava Protective Rings will be a step up.

If you’ve used barrier rings and weren’t happy with how they worked, I would at least suggest giving these a try to see if you have a better experience.

Info: For more information or to request samples, please visit http://www.coloplast.us/ or http://www.coloplast.ca/ (If in Canada).

Question: Have you used this product?

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kedikat
kedikat(@kedikat)
5 months ago

Second application also went well. Eight days easy. Similar look to the wafer. Did my third try at this Sunday morning. I think next change I will try again with no ring. Just to verify that this is having any better effect. I may have just done a poor application with wafer only.
Skin is doing well after eight day stretch. Have used the skin barrier wipes before application. They seem to prevent a lot of the itch.
Of course all this is just me. Everyone has different issues with wear time adhesion etc.

kedikat
kedikat(@kedikat)
5 months ago

Experiment.
I have just done my second application with a weird ring placement. Last Saturday I applied the wafer directly to the skin, but I had a Brava Protective ring applied on top of the wafer. Eight days later I have tried it again. I cut the wafer to 18mm diameter. Very snug to my stoma. Took very precise measurement. Trimmed the ring to fit into the wafer bag ring. PITA. But I now have 18mm rings, so less fiddling with trimming.
Comparing the wafer only to the wafer with ring on top, shows a very significant reduction in wafer deterioration above and below. After 8 days, I felt I could have gone even longer. With just the wafer also snug to the stoma I got 7 days, but just barely. Day 6 had some stinging.
Seems the ring may offer protection to the wafer and it’s adhesive. The Sensura Mio wafer seems to have a type of ring protection built into it. ( maybe others do too )There is a thicker layer of some material. Over time this material comes up and out around the hole. But underneath this material erodes quite a bit. Along with the adhesive that is on it. Looks spongy. Lots of holes/bubbles. With the ring on top, this material held up much better. Still swelled up. But did not get so eroded. Did not swell up and out of the hole much at all.
Just the first test results. But hopefully it will repeat with this application. I will try more of the same applications. Then I want to try skin barrier sheets. But trimming the sheets to just the area close to the stoma. I suspect that I can allow the built in ring type material to absorb and swell, but have the barrier sheet protect from the seepage getting to the skin.
Hope this isn’t wasting time and space here. But nobody is forced to read my yammering :)

ChrisandBagpus
ChrisandBagpus(@chrisandbagpus)
5 months ago
Reply to  kedikat

@kedikat
I for one will be following your yammering’s with interest. the wafers do erode quickly swelling and bubbling with a liquid output, so if the barrier ring on top reduces the speed or erosion then your on to something there!  I have learnt more on this forum thanks Eric and the members who live with a stoma everyday than from any expert who never have to sleep a night with a stoma!! We all know that experience.

kedikat
kedikat(@kedikat)
5 months ago
Reply to  VeganOstomy

@VeganOstomy
I noticed that the area that does not stick well is also with no ring. It is that thicker area on the Sensura Mio wafer that seems to act as a ring by itself. I guess it absorbs the juices and maybe degrades the adhesive. It comes up and out around the stoma. The edges outside of that area stick solid seven days and more.

kedikat
kedikat(@kedikat)
5 months ago

Been using the Brava Protective rings for a few months now. Often with positive results, but also random failures.
I am a trouble shooter by trade, so I am doing it with my fairly new ileostomy. I inspect things when they are removed and try different ways to apply.
I notice that the Brava Protective ring does not adhere to the skin nearly as well as the Sensura Mio wafer that I use it with. I need adhesive remover spray to get the wafer separated, even after 5+ days, but the ring is pretty much already detached from the skin. It seems the ring depends mostly on it swelling out around the stoma to provide a seal. When I feel a stinging developing, I remove the appliance and can see that there is now a brown streak that has seeped under the ring. I guess after a certain amount of time, the ring has expanded to it’s capacity. Maybe it erodes after that and allows seepage.
I actually emailed Coloplast and noted the poor adhesion and asked if they had considered sandwiching a ring into a wafer scheme. The solid adhesion of the wafer with a ring between another layer. No reply about it.
I am now trying to perfect trimming the wafer to fit closer without a ring applied. Luckily I have a quite circular stoma. Day 4 without ring and good so far.
I am curious about pastes. How well they adhere. To both skin and wafer.
I am considering an experiment with applying the ring on top of the wafer. Trim the wafer up snug to the stoma. Then apply a ring on the wafer, around the stoma. Unfortunately this will require trimming the ring diameter down a lot, to fit inside the bag connection ring. Not a lot of ring left. Maybe try a larger diameter bag connector for this experiment.

SqueakyandLiza
SqueakyandLiza(@squeakyandliza)
5 months ago
Reply to  kedikat

@kedikat
A trick my ostomy nurse showed me was to put the ring on the wafer where it overlaps the hole and then tuck the edge of the ring thru the hole. You need to cut the wafer a little bigger if you do this. 
I am far from an expert though. I get leaks frequently, though fewer this way. 
I used paste a lot in the paste. The paste isn’t intended to stick, but rather to fill in crevices in the skin. I had about the same limited success with paste, but since it is harder to clean off the skin, I have been using rings exclusively. 
Good Luck to you!!

kedikat
kedikat(@kedikat)
5 months ago
Reply to  SqueakyandLiza

@SqueakyandLiza
I was wondering about this. The concept seems to be that the ring swells out tight around the stoma. I thought I might be trimming the wafer too close to allow it to make a good turtleneck about the stoma. I did try to make a larger hole once. Not successful. But it may have failed due to other reasons. I see in the video review that the Brava Protective ring is noted for it’s lack of residual gunk to remove. That may be due to it’s lack of adhesion. I have some other rings that I will try. I will trade off more gunk to remove, for longer, secure wear time.
My no ring application started to burn tonight. Applied Sunday morning, started burning Thursday night. I removed the bag, flushed the wafer and applied powder into the space around the stoma. That relieved the burn\leak. But that will only last for a while. It did seem to be quite a successful application though. Four days at work in warm weather with a lot of exertion and constant bending at the waist as well as lounging about Sunday. I will try to get to Saturday morning till change.
I did notice that I made an incorrect observation. When I flushed the appliance tonight, I saw that it looked the same as if a ring were applied. I guess most of you know this already. But I have not noted ring or no ring results so far. The material of the wafer is all puffed\distorted, rotted looking. I thought that this was the ring material having squeezed up and out from under the wafer layer. But i see now that this is what happens to the actual wafer material. The ring may actually also be protecting from material leaking right through the degraded wafer layer. So I now have a plan to see if I can stop this from happening. I really want to get to regular a once a week change.
 

ChrisandBagpus
ChrisandBagpus(@chrisandbagpus)
5 months ago
Reply to  kedikat

@kedikat
I photograph the stoma with a camera or phone with a ruler along side.
print it out 1:1 it should then be the exact size.
this can be checked by placing the ruler over the picture is should cover the image of the ruler very closely allow for camera lens distortion.
Ruler helps to identify (top)north of image you now have an exactly shape of stoma to cut out
surprise no company has developed this into a phone app or a special cameras that projects a laser grid or exact sizing for the stoma nurses. should be that hard these days. After all your phone has more computing power than the computer launched with the international space station!

kedikat
kedikat(@kedikat)
5 months ago
Reply to  ChrisandBagpus

@ChrisandBagpus
Nice tip. Due to my work. I have a digital caliper. So I can measure that squirt to a thousandth of an inch. But folks can get a similar device for a lot less. Places like Home Depot sell much cheaper basic calipers. They have two fingers. One set and one sliding. With a ruler gauge on it. Slide the fingers together at the base of your stoma and see the results on the marking scale. 

Bill Bell
Bill Bell(@bago)
8 months ago

I use the Bravia Rings and have never had a problem with them sticking to my hands.  I remove the paper liner, stretch to fit my stoma and apply to my skin around the stoma, Not the Wafer.  Never had a problem this way.  If you stretch the ring a little too big, it will shrink fairly quickly. Stick on the wafer then the bag. Warm with my hand 60 seconds and done.
Hollister Adapt, Safe N Simple and Eakin are very sticky and degrade quickly.  That’s why I use Bravia. 

kedikat
kedikat(@kedikat)
8 months ago

Been experimenting more with ring application.
I am now cutting the ring while both sides still have the protective covering on. I then peel back some of the bottom cover and apply it. So I can press on the top to get it nailed down well. From then on it is a progression. Peel some more bottom back, press down. Peel a bit more top back each time too if required. The top cover may not allow enough bending to keep close to the stoma. Especially if you have a non circular shape. Or are quite a bit off from the precut diameter.
I have done this 3 times now and it seems to work well, if a bit time consuming.
I also made a little device on my 3D printer to help seal the whole deal. After the ring and base plate are attached I use a tube with a flange on the bottom to press the whole assembly down. The tube fits close around my stoma. The flange at the base fits just inside the hard ring of the 2 piece I use. The tube is about 2 inches long. I can now slip the tube over my stoma and apply hard pressure all the way from the inside of the appliance ring to right up to my stoma edge and hold it there for as long as I have patience. If my stoma farts or poops, it exits the tube away from things. I think this helps get a good seal.

ChrisandBagpus
ChrisandBagpus(@chrisandbagpus)
8 months ago

I’m guessing the adhesive is temperature sensitive. Anyone prepared to put their hand in the fridge to test this theory ;-)
The Brava rings become softer and sticker the long you handle them is what I have noticed and after awhile under the wafer they melt and become very sticky leaving a yellow sticky residue which I remove with the adhesive remover spray.
They don’t work that well for me alter shape and position in an unpredictable way melting into the wafer, detaching from the skin?

john68
john68(@john68)
8 months ago

Hi LL, Yep it’s normal and it’s what the ring does. It’s mopping up moisture and effluent. I have always thought that long term wear can be bad as this can then cause skin damage. I guess on a short stoma it could do what you say but have you seen any output under your wafer. Some rings swell more than others. Than the silicon rings don’t swell at all. The manufacturers say this is better for the skin. Again in the ostomy world it’s a case of what works for you do it and then again some one else will have a different experience.😀

LLNorth
LLNorth(@llholiday)
8 months ago

Here is a question about the rings: I use Adapt, and within minutes of putting on the flange and pouch (I put the ring on first) much of the ring has risen to a tunnel that sticks out more than the stoma. I think I saw somewhere that this is normal and good – is it? Seems to me that there would be more opportunity for stool to get under the ring.

LLNorth
LLNorth(@llholiday)
8 months ago

I use a 2-piece system. I cup my hand over the ring after applying it, for less than a minute, and that seems to give it a chance to start melting/sticking onto my skin. Then I put the flange on, then the pouch. And I make sure my skin and fingers are nice and dry before I apply the ring.

kedikat
kedikat(@kedikat)
8 months ago

Does anyone know if there is a type of glove that does not stick to the ring?
They always stick to my fingers better than my stomach. I have tried using the peel off backing with a little success. But it is awkward.

SqueakyandLiza
SqueakyandLiza(@squeakyandliza)
8 months ago
Reply to  kedikat

@kedikat
I have the same problem with the ring sticking to my finger better than my tummy. It gets very frustrating. I got an idea from my ostomy nurse last month which I have been trying with decent success. I warm up the flange and then take the back off and put the ring on the back of the flange overlapping the cut hole just a bit. Then I use my finger to push the edges through the hole. That way there is a tiny bit of ring between the edge of the wafer hole and my stoma. I hope this is clear. I will try to remember to take a picture when I do my next change. 

Tim
Tim(@tim)
1 year ago

I tried a sample of these, and loved the result. After 4 days, it *did* seem to degrade somewhat, but not as much as the Adapt rings do. During changing, it just came off my skin without a problem, and I had absolutely no “gunk” to clean off, like the non-silicone rings leave.
Also tried the Trio silicone rings, and after just 3 days, output got under the ring and collected at the edge of the flange, causing a lot of skin irritation.
I’ll be returning the non-silicone Adapt rings and switching to these Brava ones for sure.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

First I would like to say how essential and helpful your site has been since I had my illeostomy 5 weeks ago.

I have been using the coloplast products since I am allergic to something in Hollister adhesives..

I have been using these barrier ring with every change and I have yet to have any leaks or skin issues. 7 years ago I had a temp colostomy and that was a nightmare.

I change mine every 3-4 days. I could probably get a little longer but I think I have a good routine down and afraid to jinx it.

But these have made getting my shrinking stoma some nice cover when it goes smaller than my cut out or I get a little out of my cutting lines.

Not sure what the difference is between Hollister adhesive and coloplast but the difference in ripped off irritated skin when removing is huge for me.

JOAN JOHNSON
JOAN JOHNSON
2 years ago

They contain silicone, which I am HIGHLY allergic to, causing blistering oozing sores on my skin that begin with intense itching. I used only 2 sample rings sent to me by Coloplast, and within 36 hours had skin irritation even beyond my Ostomy adhesive appliance. This is also true of some sealing pastes. So, with the help of my Ostomy nurse, I am searching for an alternative to messy pastes that leave a residue and are hard to work with, and any barrier ring that contains silicone. My silicone allergy was my biggest concern before deciding to go ahead with the Colostomy surgery.

Bubbles
Bubbles(@bubbles)
3 years ago

Posted by: Linda KnelsenI watch that little edge around the mouth of the stoma well. I start thinking change at three days wear. And, a change when the seal seems to swell to about a 1/4 inch in anymore usually ends up in a leak.  Seven days would be amazing, but then I would likely wake up with a broken damn and a ring of fire. Does wearing the ring mean a longer wear?  Less leaks? Leaks was the reason I had tried them.  I just find them too sticky. How do you ever get those things off in good time without sleepy legs??? I did just receive my first bottle of adhesive remover spray today and am wondering if that makes a difference in the removal of the ring? Eric, I noticed in your video that use use a packaged gauze to clean up with.  Is that important, or just choice and if so, may I ask why?Linda

The Brava Protective seals come off easier than the Elkin ring . Elkins melt onto skin . Spray adhesive is wonderful. Spray corner of wafer then pulse spray as you lift wafer away . Really saves your skin . Then give a spray to remove any residual adhesive. I also use square gause . I find it softer on the skin . Try the Brava spray adhesive remover its fantastic .

john68
john68(@john68)
3 years ago

Hi All, I would echo what has been said, having good skin is every thing, A well built house sits on a good foundation!!

LK
LK(@dlkfiretruck)
3 years ago
Reply to  john68

I watch that little edge around the mouth of the stoma well. I start thinking change at three days wear. And, a change when the seal seems to swell to about a 1/4 inch in anymore usually ends up in a leak.  Seven days would be amazing, but then I would likely wake up with a broken damn and a ring of fire. Does wearing the ring mean a longer wear?  Less leaks? Leaks was the reason I had tried them.  I just find them too sticky. How do you ever get those things off in good time without sleepy legs??? I did just receive my first bottle of adhesive remover spray today and am wondering if that makes a difference in the removal of the ring? Eric, I noticed in your video that use use a packaged gauze to clean up with.  Is that important, or just choice and if so, may I ask why?Linda

Bubbles
Bubbles(@bubbles)
3 years ago

4 days is a good run . Skin quality is most important. Sometimes stretching days out will cause irratation  . Just not worth getting oozing skin . I also use the Bravo Protective Seal . Love them . Bubbles 

Charles Pereira
Charles Pereira(@cpereira0911)
3 years ago

Hi, has anyone tried Trio siltac silicone rings ? I currently use adapt slim rings from hollister. I did use Eakins for short period of time but their quality is inconsistent and the residue they leave is awful to clean up. So I’m curious on how silicone would work.

Charles Pereira
Charles Pereira(@cpereira0911)
3 years ago
Reply to  VeganOstomy

I have not I just received samples from Coloplast and look forward to trying them.

Valerie Hennessy
Valerie Hennessy(@valerie)
3 years ago
Reply to  VeganOstomy

I was very excited about trying Trio Siltac. Unfortunately, I had two catastrophic failures in the same evening. Then I tried the Brava protective seal, which I am still trying. So far I have had good results, but I haven’t gone past 4 days yet. This week I will let it go 5 days and see how it works. I have had minor erosion, but not any more than normal when I was using stomahesive strips. I have had an ileostomy for 32 years and have been experimenting with some of the newer products and so far I am happy with the results.

Theresa Cartier
4 years ago

I’ve had the same problem with Eakin rings deteriorating quickly. I came up with the solution of doubling up with Trio Siltac silicone rings. I put the Eakin ring on bottom (my stoma is recessed and the bottom opening is flush with my skin) and the Siltac ring on top. Then I apply my pouch wafer.

The Siltac ring protects the Eakin ring from moisture and increases wear time. The Eakin ring absorbs moisture and maintains the adhesive bond with the silicone ring. It solved 5 months worth of leaks and skin irritation.

carolynreinhart
carolynreinhart(@carolynreinhart)
4 years ago

Thank you for writing Sylvia. I am not familiar with Trio Siltac – can you let me know what it is. I am glad to hear that you have found a solution. I hope that I do soon as well especially with the wafer.

Gail
Gail(@gem123)
4 years ago

Best product I have used! I consistently get 7 days with no leaks or doors! Easy to remove! Love them.

J
J
4 years ago

I requested some samples of this ring for my elderly mom after seeing your mention of them a few months ago. Her stoma is flush (unplanned/emergency ostomy), so barrier rings are a necessary part of her system to structure the bag fit and prevent side leaks. We found these rings worked almost *too* well – they definitely seemed to absorb output well and protect the underlying skin, but they also created such a tight seal on the skin that it seemed to have cut off some circulation. Her skin had started turning purple after four days and the bag was difficult to remove. :/ She’s since gone back to Eakin seals as those seem to provide a good mix of absorption and flexibility without the rigidity. I think ostomates with better circulation who need especially good skin protection might fare well w/ these, though.

Carolyn Reinhart
Carolyn Reinhart(@carolynreinhart)
4 years ago

Hi – I used these rings when they first came out and thought that they were great – as Eric stated above. But after about 6 weeks when changing my bag – Coloplast Sensura Mio- the whole inside of the ring was charcoal black. Coloplast nor my ET nurse could think why that happened. So I tried again and checked after a couple of days and again, it was turning black. So, having stocked up on them, I had to go back to Hollister.
Has anyone got an ideas or experience of this?
Thanks, Carolyn

Carolyn Reinhart
Carolyn Reinhart(@carolynreinhart)
4 years ago
Reply to  VeganOstomy

Thanks for your responses. It was just the barrier ring. I can send you a photo of it if you want. I keep in touch with my ET that way. My skin got irritated too when it happened. I thought it might be something in my diet but the Hollister was fine when I went back to it. I am going to see the hosp dietitian soon. I had 4 blockages Dec-Feb and so am now nervous about food anyway. I have a hernia which I got quite soon after surgery and the defect is quite small and right against the stoma. So I’m quite cautious. The surgeon was suggesting mesh repair then changed her mind since I was so ill with last surgery – 3 thrombosis in hepatic vein and while on warfarin then I hemorrhaged in the night and was code blue and very nearly didn’t make it. I was in hosp 5 weeks getting sorted out with all that. I now have to be near a hosp in case I block and it happens very quickly.
Thanks for listening.

Tony
Tony(@tony-h)
4 years ago

Hey Eric looking forward to the video review of this product , I see coloplast have linked your review to the product on their UK site , I use the normal coloplast moldable rings and have found them to be excellent ( hope I am not tempting faith but no leaks for over 3 months with them ) , keep up the good work and Im looking forward to the new forum when it gets going .
regards
Tony in Ireland

VeganOstomy
4 years ago
Reply to  Tony

Thanks, Tony! I’ve heard from other people who’ve used the moldable rings and then switched to the Protective Rings when they were available and I hear nothing but praise! It truly is a nice upgrade for this kind of product, and I hope that if you do try them you have the same success! Regards, Eric

Tony
Tony(@tony-h)
4 years ago
Reply to  VeganOstomy

Hi Eric I tried to get some samples from Coloplast but to no avail , they give them freely to theit UK customers but not to their Southern Irish customers,
Its really poor business trait from Coloplast as I currently use Coloplast products for everything ,
Seems I will be trying out the competition as they are more than happy to send product samples to Ireland .

VeganOstomy
4 years ago
Reply to  Tony

I’m surprised to hear that, Tony. Do they not have distributors in the area or is that single product not available in South Ireland yet?

Eakin rings are made in Ireland, so I’m sure you’ll have no problem getting those :)

Tony
Tony(@tony-h)
4 years ago
Reply to  VeganOstomy

hey Eric the distributors in the Republic of Ireland do not have stock in yet , but I thought it would not be a big deal to send a few samples in an envelope across the Irish Sea , esp for a customer that spends a lot of money on their products ,
I have had no problem getting samples from Trio (a uk based firm ) , hollister gave me whatever I requested from the uk and their Irish supplier ,
They should really realize that the best advertising for any product is good word of mouth , esp from people who are proactive about finding the best product for their particular circumstance ,
anyway rant over , especially since I am doing fairly well at the moment apart from a few niggles here an there

VeganOstomy
4 years ago
Reply to  Tony

I wonder if this might be a “coming soon” type thing for you. I know that we (in Canada) got these before the US. Even the timing on the Sensura Mio bags was different from what I remember.

It is a shame, though.