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

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Coloplast Sensura Mio 10471
Coloplast Sensura Mio 10471

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.


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 stoma’s 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

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:

https://youtu.be/ymC5NdgmdrU

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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18 thoughts on “Coloplast Sensura Mio 1pc #10471 – REVIEW (w/ video)

  1. 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

    • I’m not sure about urostomy wear time, but Mio’s aren’t known for their ability to withstand erosion. I find that the MIo’s will degrade much sooner if the pouch fills too much. Is your husband emptying his pouch before urine reaches the center ring?

      Also, has he used other wafers with better results?

      • This is the “go to” product for the NHS (British health system), and until his exemption certificate arrives we’re stuck with them! He is emptying at 1/3 – 1/2 full as advised, but still can’t get any longer than 24 hours. As soon as we can I think we’ll have to look at something different x

        • That’s a shame. I wish the NHS realized that ostomy products are not a “one-size fits all” situation, and people have different reactions to the adhesives in those wafer – sometimes they don’t stick well, sometimes too well, and other times they cause reactions. You should have a choice! I hope it gets sorted out soon.

          Out of curiosity, do you have access to products made by Salts? They are a company based out of the UK, and have something called “Dermacol”, which is a stoma collar – it can be used to prevent leaks, even for urostomates, and it could help to reduce the erosion around the wafer opening.

          • We’ve been having a look on line today, thinking of trying microskins from Oakmed, but we do have a sample of Dermacol, so will give it a whirl x

            • Sample as much as you can until you find something that works. I have Cymed products that I need to try out, too. They also use Microskin and it’ll be interesting to see how they work.

              • Hi, we tried the dermacol, although it did give an extra 12 hours wear time, it still gave out in spectacular fashion this morning! Today we have tested the oakmed microskins, my husband reports that it feels much more comfortable than the hydracolloid, and the seal seems to be holding well :-)

  2. 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.

    • Hi Lise,

      I’m glad you found the review helpful!

      Pancaking can certainly be problematic, and what you’ve described sounds like pancaking. I think I’m going to write about it, as it’s an issue for many colostomates and ileostomates who have thick output.

      Lubricating deodorants should help, but if the bag is sticking (like that static you described), it could help to make sure there’s a bit of air in your pouch before closing it. If your pouch has a filter, you may want to cover the filter vent (on the outside using the stickers that come with the most pouches) and see if that helps – you can remove the sticker to allow the filter to work once in a while.

      Clothing, wraps and that sort of stuff can make pancaking more of an issue.

      I do offer some tips on dealing with thicker output (https://www.veganostomy.ca/2014/09/dealing-thick-ostomy-output.html), although I’ll write a separate article dealing specifically with pancaking, since there are so many questions to be answered!

      Thanks for your comment!

      Eric

      • Hi again!
        And thanks for your helpful and informative answer! :D
        I’ve read through your tips on thick output and will try to alter and modify a bit there. It’s just that having had problems my whole life has lead to an aversion to food, so I’m trying to get back on that horse and just eat without analyzing and scrutinizing and being fearful of what food/eating might cause. And hoping that an ostomy will be my blessing in that respect.
        And seeing how I now have a colostomy, I’m not sure whether I should aim for thicker or looser output….?

        Yeah, the “static” has become a huge problem for me! I have been using Hollister bags up until now, and there were no stickers with those, so I had no idea that was an option. Thanks for the tip! :D
        If it turns out I can’t use the Mio for some reason, I’ll make sure to try that if I have to go back to the Hollisters.
        But man, do I hope I can use the Mio! And that pancaking won’t be more of an issue there as well. The Mio is so comfortable on, I love the looks that gives less of a medical/sick feeling and I love the window. It just seems to be the filter that’s a hassle.
        Which makes me so unsure about this whole pancaking ordeal. How much pancaking it takes and what about pancaking is causing a leak. Whether output can hang out at the top of the pouch around the stoma, without that neccessarily leading to a leak. If there has to be more contributing factors causing a leak, than output at the top, bla bla bla. I’m way too unsure and unsafe about all of this.
        But if you’re gonna write a post about it, I’m not gonna nag more about that! :)
        Thank you so much for your advice and your kind response!

        Sincerely,
        Lise.

        • You have so many great questions! I’m going to start writing about it today, and will try to get a post out by the end of the week!

          For me, the large filter on the Mio created too much bulk on the top part of the bag, so pancaking became more of an issue. It may not be an issue for you, but you’d have to try it and see.

          Pancaking will most often cause a leak at night, when you aren’t able to push the stool down to the bottom of the bag. I’ve had leaks, but it was more to do with the pouch being overfull, and not specifically because of pancaking.

          If your colostomy is near the end of your colon, your output should be more like drier stool, and not liquid like it would be with an ileostomy.

          If you’ve got any other questions, please send me an email and I’ll do my best to answer them :) veganostomy AT gmail.com

          • That sounds comforting, actually! I’ll try to lower my shoulders then.
            And that’s so great of you to offer! Thanks! I guess I have to power through then, and just see how it works out! I genuinely appreciate it, it’s a confusing process, and every bit of info is helpful! Thanks! :D

  3. 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.

    • Thanks Debra! I really appreciate your comment. Looks like the unfiltered two piece Mio will have a transparent pouch, which is a little disappointing to some (I’ll likely just wear a pouch cover), but it’ll be far less bulky without the large filter in there.

  4. 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 :-)

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