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VeganOstomy
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August 30, 2016 11:00 am  

Let's discuss the Cymed One-Piece ostomy appliance!

My written review can be found by clicking on the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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September 1, 2016 11:31 am  

I'm interested to hear from people who've used this appliance. Did you like it? Hate it?


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September 5, 2016 4:01 pm  

We used this product for my son years ago before they changed the manufacturing on the "fabric" of the pouch. The current product tends to rip and tear near the valve on the urostomy bag. We started using this product and loved it because of the microskin. My son was a toddler and very very active and needed an adult sized bag for his ileostomy. Yes I know I said we use the urostomy bag and we do because of the venting we needed to perform as he has daily/hourly gas issues that blow up the bag....thus the adult size bag as he would just blow the pedi sizes right off every time. Anyway we had to stop because the new fabric consistently leaked and wouldn't hold up to the use we made of the value apparatus. The other issue we had with the microskin is that sweating or swimming would make it come loose so we actually couldn't use it during the summer when we needed the swimming help. Before the manufacturing changes we loved this product. Now it no longer meets our needs.


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September 5, 2016 9:04 pm  

Hi, Kymberly. Thanks for sharing your story!

I'm so sorry to hear that you've had to go through all that with your son. I can't imagine being forced to change appliance because of a manufacturing change.

When did you notice this new fabric? What are you using now?


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Kymberly DeLoatche
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September 5, 2016 9:41 pm  

It was several years ago.... we got the ileostomy in 2007 so I would say about 2011 or so... and it was immediately noticeable because the whole bag felt different and then the leaks would come within hours of putting on a new bag. We now use a Hollister product that has a cap on a twist valve for ease in venting (because we do so much of it) along with the new Osto EZ vent


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Kymberly DeLoatche
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September 5, 2016 9:57 pm  

When Charlie first got his ostomy, we could not keep a bag on for more than 3 hours and it took me some time to find a good fit for us. We really liked the cymed for a long time. I talked to the head of the company when they changed over and basically they couldn't /wouldn't fix the problem.


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September 5, 2016 10:07 pm  

So glad that you found something that works! They made that change before I got my ostomy, so I wouldn't have noticed any difference with the product - but it's really unfortunate that such a drastic change was made on their end.


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May 11, 2017 9:08 pm  

Filter?
Hi, I got a sample of this pouch from Cymed and I wonder about the filter. Do you have to do anything to it, like poke a hole to allow the gas to escape? I've never had a pouch with a filter.
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May 11, 2017 11:25 pm  

You don't have to prep the filter in any way, they should just allow the gas to escape on their own.

Keep in mind that as the filter clogs it becomes less effective and there's not much you can do to recover it other than change the appliance. They tend to work better for colostomates than ileostomates.

Good luck!


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February 9, 2018 10:59 am  

I absolutely love cymed products! ! I have two ostomies so it has been a challenge to find two bags that work well with my body. I have had my stomas for about 49 yrs, since I was 1 or 2. So I have literally tried so many different bags through the yrs. When Cymed introduced their bags I was at my wits end and decided to try them. Wow was all I can say. First time in my life I no longer needed a belt. The micro skin wafer conforming to my skin and the several hernias surrounding the stomas was amazing. With the skin tac and zinc tape, I had no leakage and was able to keep both bags on for several days. Try them is all I can tell you. And thank you cymed for making a bag that is comfortable and easy to apply.


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VeganOstomy
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February 9, 2018 5:05 pm  

That's fantastic! Thank you for sharing your feedback!

There are a lot of things going for this appliance. Unfortunately, many of the things I don't like are dealbreakers for me (including the cost).

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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February 25, 2018 8:32 am  

it seems Cymed has again made a surprise change to design and manufacturing of the MicroSkin one piece drainable Ileostomy pouches, ugh.
They've taken a very reliable, comfortable, and quiet pouch and made it "cheap." That's the best word I could use to define this. They've gone from the smooth, relatively quiet pouch plastic to what now sounds like used candy wrappers in your pocket. Very surprising.
To make things worse, the alleged 11" pouches are now more like 9" (same Mfg part number) and the end of the pouch that used to be easily inverted to drain then squeegee and roll up for the tie-wrap type of closure has been shortened by over an inch! Now its almost impossible to drain without a mess, and can only roll the closure twice else you're already encroaching on the pouch. Truly bizarre what they did. They should have stuck with the original, and just created a new Mfg part number for this newer design.
Now when I sit in a movie, any movement and the person next to me keeps looking to see if I'm opening candy bars. Embarassing.
The search is on now to find something else. 2-25-2018


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VeganOstomy
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February 25, 2018 8:56 pm  

My goodness! Can you tell me which part numbers you're noticing these changes on and when approximately you noticed them? If they have changed things, I may need to revise my review(s) of their products.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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February 25, 2018 9:21 pm  

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February 25, 2018 9:22 pm  

Re when changes noticed. This week when my new two month shipment arrived.


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VeganOstomy
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February 26, 2018 9:20 am  

Thanks. I will inquire with Cymed which changes were made and if I can get a box of these from my supplier, I'll look into them specifically.

It may be worth posting your findings on the community forum so that the discussion can be more efficiently addressed and others can voice their experiences. https://www.veganostomy.ca/community/

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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May 9, 2018 6:23 pm  

I totally agree, that what one was an amazing, comfortable and easy to use product is now rendered useless- by the issues mentioned by Ken. I can't understand how the company can accept a "new" design from their manufacturer , before sending proptotypes out to the end users for comments.
it is unfortunate, because they did have a great product!
Now the search to find something else- which for some reason is not easy- for the most part the designers of these devices think the end user needs a way more intense device than most active and busy people don't!


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May 9, 2018 6:31 pm  

Hi Paulette.

I ended up switching to Convatec Active Life appliances. Seems they actually now have the plastic that the original Cymed used so its not plastic-y at all. Their discs no longer have missing adhesive sections (like they used to… I’d find 50% out of the box where the discs were bad and missing glue) and I’m getting a solid 3 days with each. I got the pre cut 12” which is pretty close to 11” usable pouch.
Still a shame with Cymed. But this Convactec seems to be the next best thing to wear:

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ConvaTec ActiveLife One-Piece Pre-Cut Opaque Drainable Pouch With Stomahesive Skin Barrier


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May 10, 2018 2:17 pm  

Hi Paulette and Ken, Eric,.  Thanks for the heads up--  Shame your stuck with two  months worth of crap- This is why I just order monthly--But the convaTec products has made me happy ever lasting and hope they never change!! I almost ordered the Cymed to try..I will stay clear from them. 

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