Coloplast Sensura Mio 1pc #10471 – REVIEW (w/ video)

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Finding the right ostomy appliance is just as important as finding the right pair of shoes to wear. The quality of life for an ostomate often depends on their pouching system and Coloplast hopes to improve on this with their new Sensura Mio product line.

I’ve been using the new Sensura Mio #10471 for about a month. Coloplast was gracious enough to enroll me in their product feedback program in order to get samples before the official launch on May 1st, 2014.

Coloplast Sensura Mio 10471
Coloplast Sensura Mio 10471

You can tell that a lot of thought went into designing the new Sensura Mio from Coloplast. There are little things that only an ostomate could appreciate when holding and looking at the product, like the placement of the product model number, which is hidden conveniently behind the fabric on the top backside of the pouch.

Sensura Mio product code
Convenient placement of the product code

This product comes neatly packaged in a pleasing white and light blue box. All the relevant details are on the sides of the package, including model number, manufacturer/expiry date, and size. I like the fact that Coloplast doesn’t over-package their products and everything fits perfectly without any dead space in the box.

Sensura Mio Package Contents
Package contents

Included in the #10471 package are:

  • 10, one-piece pouches
  • Filter stickers (in case you need to cover up the filter outlet)
  • Instruction guide
  • Stoma guide (for measuring your stoma)
  • Disposal bags
The pouch design is a definite step up from the rough, pinkish colored fabric you’re used to seeing on other pouches. The fabric on this product is smooth, somewhat water-resistant and neutral gray in color.
I have no problem wearing this without a pouch cover – it looks that good. Like other Coloplast pouches, the Sensura Mio features a Velcro closure, which in my opinion, are the best you can get. When emptying your pouch, the outlet folds over so there’s no mess.
One great thing I love about these pouches is that the bottom part of the pouch is transparent, so you can get the end part very clean without having to look inside to see if you’ve missed anything during cleanup.
The front is clean is simple.
The front is clean is simple.
Note there is no belt attachment on the one-piece.
Note there is no belt attachment on the one-piece.
The outlet tucks neatly on the bottom of the pouch and is secured in place with a small Velcro tab. There is also another Velcro tab in the center of the pouch, hidden under the window flap, which means you can turn this pouch into a smaller size with ease (great for intimacy or exercise).
Regarding that fabric window, it’s a great way to have a look inside your pouch. This can come in handy if you need to monitor your stoma or the quality of your output.
Convenient window allows you to see inside your pouch...
This convenient window allows you to see inside your pouch…
... and to check out your stoma.
… and to check out your stoma.

Hidden under that fabric window, you’ll notice a newly designed filter (named the Circle Filter 430). The aim of this filter is to delay clogging by giving a larger area for feces and gas to travel (hopefully holding back the feces).

With my output (medium to thick consistency; somewhere between oatmeal and toothpaste) I still had filter clogs within about 24 hours of a new appliance change most of the time. This was quite disappointing, but I assume that colostomates with drier stool may have better luck.

Because the pre-filter is so large, I found that it added some bulk to the pouch and got “heavy” when saturated with stool.

While not available yet, I’ve been told that a non-filtered model will be available in the near future.

UPDATE: There will be a new style of bag available in the Mio line that helps to reduce the instances of filter clogs. I’ve illustrated the differences in THIS post.
Large pre-filter.
Large pre-filter.

The Sensura Mio line differentiates itself from the regular Assura and Sensura products because it features a completely different wafer that is very flexible and is designed to fit any abdominal shape.

This interested me very much because since getting my ostomy I’ve gained weight that seems to all be around my gut and that’s caused me issues with other wafers.

If you have a hernia, this new wafer will help get a better fit.

One of the problems I was having with both the Sensura Xpro and Asura wafers was that they were made of a stiff plastic and it would cause abrasions along the bottom edge where my abdomen would fold when bending. In order to correct this problem, I’d have to lay down a physical barrier under my wafer in order to prevent friction. This was done using Opsite Flexifix film, but since using the Sensura Mio, my skin has been healing without having to resort to any tricks. And even without the belt tabs on the one-piece, the wafer felt comfortable even with prolonged activity. Removing the wafer was easier than both Assura and Xpro wafers, but I still always use an adhesive remover spray.

Removing the wafer was easier than both Assura and Xpro wafers, but I still always use an adhesive remover spray.

Sensura Mio wafer. It's that flexible! Photo courtesy of Coloplast.
Sensura Mio wafer. It’s that flexible! Photo courtesy of Coloplast.
Jan 2014. Before using Coloplast Sensura Mio.
Jan 2014. Before using Coloplast Sensura Mio.
Late April 2014. Approx. 4 weeks after using Coloplast Sensura Mio.
Late April 2014. Approx. 4 weeks after using Coloplast Sensura Mio.

This specific product is made to fit stomas up to 55mm (2 1/8″) in diameter. I prefer this cut to fit wafer over pre-cut as I have a slightly irregular shaped stoma and it reduces the need to use pastes or moldable rings. TIP: Save the protective film from the back of your previous wafer to use as a template for your new appliance.

Through my time testing this product, I was able to have multiple showers with the appliance on and without any special tricks to protect it (no tape, no wafer extenders, etc.). The fabric dried quickly with a simple pat down and the edges remained stuck to my skin with minimal peeling. I would suggest blow drying and using a towel to dry your wafer after getting it wet since I noticed that when the adhesive gets wet, it creates a bit of a slimy residue. Once it’s dry there were no problems. I haven’t tried swimming or a hot tub (any invitations?) with this pouch, but if you spend a lot of time in the water, consider tape or a wafer extender to keep the wafer edges protected.

Top-down view. Fits extremely well.
Top-down view. Fits extremely well.

Wear time for me was 3 days, which is what I was comfortable getting with both the Coloplast Assura and Xpro wafers. Going past 3 days resulted in stool seeping under the wafer. I suspect that a combination of thick output plus nighttime ballooning likely contributed to this problem since I’ve noticed a lot of pressure on the wafer when I wake up with a full pouch. Note that this wear time is without any additional supplies, like barrier wipes, moldable rings or accessory belts. I should also point out that because this is a

I suspect that a combination of thick output plus nighttime ballooning likely contributed to this problem since I’ve noticed a lot of pressure on the wafer when I wake up with a full pouch. Note that this wear time is without any additional supplies, like barrier wipes, moldable rings or accessory belts. I should also point out that because this is a one-piece appliance, I can’t help but think that I wasn’t able to get a perfect fit around my stoma like I do with two-piece systems. I’m confident that when the two-piece is available, I’ll have better wear time with it (a review for that will come once I have tried it). Keep in mind that wear time is VERY subjective and some people may get much longer and others may have to change their appliance more frequently.

Note that this wear time is without any additional supplies, like barrier wipes, moldable rings or accessory belts. I should also point out that because this is a one-piece appliance, I can’t help but think that I wasn’t able to get a perfect fit around my stoma like I do with two-piece systems. I’m confident that when the two-piece is available, I’ll have better wear time with it (a review for that will come once I have tried it). Keep in mind that wear time is VERY subjective and some people may get much longer and others may have to change their appliance more frequently.

I’m confident that when the two-piece is available, I’ll have better wear time with it (a review for that will come once I have tried it). Keep in mind that wear time is VERY subjective and some people may get much longer and others may have to change their appliance more frequently.

One observation I’d like to mention here is that I seem to get far more instances of “pancaking” (where the stool fails to drop to the bottom of the pouch) with this pouch and I don’t know if it has anything to do with the extra bulk from the large filter, which prevents the pouch from easily expanding forward, but I do not recall having this problem with the regular Sensura or Assura pouches.

Here’s a video overview of the product:

Do I recommend this product?

If you have an irregularly shaped abdomen and you haven’t been getting a good fit with your existing product, then I do HIGHLY RECOMMEND you try the Sensura Mio 10471 one-piece.

If you have sensitive skin that’s had problems with other wafers or adhesive, then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND trying the Sensura Mio 10471 one-piece. My skin has been looking better with each appliance change!

If you are a colostomate with dry, infrequent stools and don’t mind a one-piece, then I’d RECOMMEND the Sensura Mio 10471 since the filter will likely be effective.

If you are an ileostomate, then I DO NOT RECOMMEND this specific model, mainly because of the filter and also because of the fact that you will likely get a less-than-perfect fit and liquid or loose stools will make contact with your skin. Of course, if you are used to using stool thickening products, moldable rings or paste, then this might not be so much of a problem (although it will increase the cost of appliance changes). The issues I’ve experienced with thicker output may also create issues for you. In this case, wait for the two-piece and/or filterless model to be available. I plan on trying all the models available once samples are available.

For more information or samples, please visit http://www.coloplast.us/ (USA) or www.coloplast.ca (Canada)

Have you tried these new Sensura Mio pouches? How was your experience?

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SHARI COOK

Hi my landlord clains I am making her toilet sluggish I have had my Ileostomy for over 9 years and now she wants me to use less toilet paper and flush ywice. I find using water helps me empty my pouch easier. Any ideas or advice while I am trying to find a place to live elsewhere. SHARI

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Teddyburr

NICK…..Regarding my last comment (reply to you), Eric may know where you can obtain SALTS appliances from in the U.S. or Canada.

Eric…..can you kindly comment on where SALTS appliances can be obtained from, for anyone who is interested in them, in the United States or Canada please?

Many thanks and best wishes.

Member

Thanks for the steer – I’ll investigate!

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Teddyburr

THIS COMMENT IS FOR NICK……or anyone looking for a SUPERB Convex Appliance.

Hi Nick

If your looking for a Super Convex appliance, do try the SALTS Confidence XND1352 Convex. The Wafer is super-sticky, a good size, and is round in shape. I use this bag with a Secuplast washer (seal) underneath and this combination I find is bomb-proof for me. I walk miles, horse ride and swim using this appliance. It’s super comfortable and you can wear a belt with it if you wish. I don’t wear a belt with it because I find it’s secure enough for me without one!! I get NO LEAKS wearing this set-up.

SALTS are a company based in Birmingham, U.K., but I think you can get their appliances in the U.S. (may need a bit of looking into). Stephie and Stu May know the answer to this….

If you manage fine with the one you are using….Hooray for you. I stay with a bag that works for me – and the above one does. That said, I am just trying SALTS NEW appliance, the Confidence Be, which Salts do I tend to release in a Convex option soon.

I hope the above helps……

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Nick

Hi – as a recentish ostomate – Ileostomy – I left hospital with a whole box of diifferent makes to try out – mainly Coloplast ones. They were ok but my tummy shape seems to want a convex model according to my stoma nurse. I had poor experience of SenSura mio – convex / and now using a Dutch make – Euro Tec code iltc 113 – 45 which has now been on a couple of days and seems good . Any experience of these from anyone??

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Teddyburr

VeganOstomy……..THIS Comment is especially for YOU!!

Well……You are SUCH a GREAT Guy!!! I left a comment here about the Sensura Mio….and you replied so fast. This confirms my opinion of you…..that you are soooo caring and interested in the problems and comments from those who take the time to post on your Site.

Looking down at comments made by others, I can see you have replied to all who have took the time to input their opinions. I have commented on many issues on other sites…..with some VERY useful stuff and information….and had NO response or acknowledgement whatsoever, which makes you think….why bother? I will ALWAYS bother to give my input to your site, as you care so much for those with problems….and respond to even general comments.

I watch ALL your videos. They are SO well narrated – and you cover every aspect, negative and positive. The camerawork is brilliant, showing great, clear shots of what you are explaining.

Yes, please do a review as soon as you can on the Salts CONFIDENCE BE. Have you seen or tried Salts SECUPAST Washers (seals). They are REALLY GOOD. (Worth a review as leak stoppers)

I will reiterate here…..what a truly lovely guy you are! I would simply love to meet you…..but I live in the U.K., so this is just to say…..a BIG thank thank you, which you SO well deserve!! Your wife must be a very, VERY lucky lady!!

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Teddyburr

Hmmm… I was Soooooo excited by the release of the Sensura Mio some time ago. Now I’ve had my Ileostomy for 48 years now, and must have tried every appliance out there.

The MIO….simply GORGEOUS bag….state of the art….superb material, streamlined, I thought…”this is it!!!” – my Holy Grail Bag….NOT SO!! leaks, LEAKS….side leaks. The MIO flange needs a total rethink and replacement. It’s NOT sticky enough!! Within one hour, my sometimes watery output just sleeps through this flange. I’m absolutely GUTTED!! What a FABULOUS bag…completely spoilt by its wafer!! Totally could NOT trust this bag. I wear TIGHT jeans, but I’d never be able to whilst wearing the MIO.

My Bombproof bag? The SALTS Convex XND1352. I don’t need a Convex, my Stoma protrudes fine. I wear the XND1352 for its absolutely beautiful LARGE, sticky flange. NO LEAKS!! No residue on removal. HAVE TO wear a washer though (as I have to with ANY bag, so far). My washer?? THE best!! Salts Secuplast!!! Please Check them out!!

If the Sensura Mio used the flange material of the SALTS XND1352, there would be nothing currently to beat the MIO …THAT said……

Salts have (in November 2017) released their latest CONFIDENCE BE Bag, in Stone, White, AND BLACK colours!! I’m just hoping they used the XND1352 amazing sticky flange on it!! I’m getting a box of them in White (30 in box) next week (all the Samples have GONE). I’ll get back to you all after I’ve tried them.

Salts are based in Birmingham, U,K,

VEGAN Ostomy….you MUST do a review of these SALTS CONFIDENCE BE …..PLEASE…..

Fingers crossed on this one folks…..watch this space….

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Wendy

Its so wierd how different people’s skin react to bag wafers. I tried out the Mio a couple of weeks ago and oh boy did I react badly to it, it really felt like my skin was on fire!! Its such a shame, as its a lovely bag and I can understand why so many people like it. I’ve tried out lots of bags and this is the only one I’ve ever reacted to. I’ve also found out through a couple of Facebook Ostomy groups that several people have also had the same issues with the Mio.

Thanks for all your great reviews
Best wishes
Wendy

ShropshireLady
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ShropshireLady

Hi,
My husband is currently using the urostomy version of the SenSura Mio and can’t get it last more than 24hours due to the wafer degrading. His nurse specialist says it should last three days. Adding an extra ring of hydrocolloid actually shortened the life of the product. Has anyone else had issues with them, and if so, can they besresolved or do we need to look at another product?
Thanks for your wonderful site, it’s been great for hints and tips x

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Lise Henriksen

Hey there,
And thanks for a great review!
I’m all new to this game, so I haven’t really learned my way around all this, so this is really helpful to me! Thanks! :)
I got my colostomy 5 weeks ago, after about two weeks of preparing for it, so it’s all a bit chaotic and scary for me, thus far.
I was just wondering though… So far I’ve been using a 2-piece Hollister drainable system. But pancaking has been a problem of mine. At least what I think is “pancaking”. It hasn’t caused me any leaks so far, but I’ve been very vigilant, at home mostly and changing the bag whenever I feel the output sits/packs in the ring/flange around the stoma. I have no idea how much/little pancaking it takes to cause a leak, so I’ve been rather stressed about this, always keeping my attention to it and never letting it stay there for long. Maybe not necessary to say, but changing my bag like that makes it tedious for me to feel fresh and clean. And I often ended up changing the wafer too, to make sure there hadn’t gotten any output underneath it.
I’ve tried Brava Lubricating Deodorant without that affecting it much either way. The bag seems to stick together either way, almost like getting static?
Wearing clothes over the whole appliance makes it a lot worse, so I don’t dare doing that, which makes dressing a challenge too. For a 31 yo woman with a low stoma at least.
So! I got my hands on the new Mio 1-piece drainable, hoping that a 1-piece would maybe help. And it seems that in general, a 1-piece would in fact help, since there’s no ring there that stool has to “cross”.
But I too have noticed that some output sticks up at the top, kinda onto the ring of the filter. Whether or not this is gonna be a problem, I don’t know. Since again I’m pretty vigilant, and I help it down by shaking the bag etc.
So I was wondering…
When you say pancaking was an issue for you with this bag, what do you mean by pancaking? Is it so much that it potentially might cause a leak?
Or is it more a matter of inconvenience, when it comes to draining and such?
And how is that pancaking causes leaks?
Is that something that happens over a long time, slowly, or something that can occur quickly?
Phew, this was a long, confusing post, so I understand that this might not be possible to give an answer to.
But I was greatly appreciate it if I could get more insight on these matters! :)
But either way, thanks for the review!

Sincerely,

Lise.

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Excellent review. I personally love the Mio. I really see these companies trying to bring out more products for ostomates. Awareness is growing!

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Debra Mac

Thank you for your very informative review. I just received my sample of #10471 today and haven’t used it yet. As an ileostomate I, too,would prefer the two-piece Mio and look forward to it’s availability. In general, I prefer Coloplast, by far, over the other major brands for ostomy supplies. I’m glad that you are benefiting from your use of this product and share your optimism with the two-piece unfiltered Sensura Mio. Thanks again for your helpful review.

Stephen
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Freekin awesome review and video, my good man. As one would expect, I have shared this with the entire world and have added it to my IBD Flipboard Magazine. Am also very glad that the irritation around your stoma has greatly reduced/disappeared by using this pouch :-)