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July 10, 2020 4:07 pm  

Happy Friday everyone. I have been given 2 sizes of wafers. 2 3/4 and 2 1/4. My stoma is small enough to fit the smaller one with ease. Which one would be better. With the smaller there is less skin barrier so less skin to get damaged but will it leak earlier because of that. Also if skin opens up under wafer how do you take care of it. Thank you to all who can help.

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July 10, 2020 5:26 pm  

Hi GeoRupp, What stops a leak and gives a good seal is the part of the wafer next to the stoma, the rest of it really is not gonna do any good if that first bit fails. The advantage of a larger wafer is the fact that it gives support to the appliance. Skin under the wafer should be checked and looked at every change. Plus the wafer it’s self so any signs of trouble can be sorted. Damaged skin can be treated with stoma powder and using the crusting method 

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July 13, 2020 9:42 am  

Hi @georupp. John is right that a larger wafer will offer more support. What's important is that your stoma isn't too close to the outer measurement ring on the wafer. So when you cut the hole in the middle, if you have a good distance between the edge of that hole and the last ring on the measuring circle, then that wafer will work for you - just pick a size that is most comfortable, but be aware that your bag will need to match the wafer size (flange size) if it's a 2pc.