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Hollister Ostomy Pouch Hack - OSTOMY TIP (w/ video)

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VeganOstomy
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Let's talk about this "ostomy pouch hack"!

More instructions can be found by clicking on the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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Jasmines Journey
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Hia this is great! I hate the fact you cant tuck it in as ive used hollister bas for a while now and i hate how sharp the edges are ......also another tip is use those sticker filter covers and just stick it up ....i change my two peice every day so id need alot of velcro haha x


   
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VeganOstomy
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Do you change your pouch everyday for a particular reason or is it just preference?

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Carole
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AnY suggestions for keeping moisture inside the bag to a minimum? I seem to get a lot of moisture and I think it affects my wear time with the barrier ring. It swells up too much.
I really enjoy reading your information.


   
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VeganOstomy
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Moisture (coming off the stoma) is normal and shouldn't affect wear time unless the appliance isn't fitting right (around your stoma ). If there's a lot of liquid in your pouch, try a gelling product.

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Jennifer Mayhall
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What size Velcro are you using please?
I’m wanting to try this, but don’t want to buy the wrong thing.
Thank you for ALL of your postings. It’s been a life’s changer to this new ostomate!!
💖Jen


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hi Jennifer,

There is no specific size - as long as it fits the area you need to cover, then it's fine. The ones I've used come in squares and I cut those in half. The dollar store should have plenty of these.

My only suggestion is to avoid the small circle velcro - they won't get a good enough grip.

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Jennifer Mayhall
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Ahh thanks.
I was thinking of the small oval shaped ones Bc of its size. Glad to not make that mistake lol!
💖Jen


   
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lilylifesaver
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I HATE the Hollister pouch materials; the bag, the vents, the velcro closure. But I LOVE the Premium CeraPlus wafer portion. I wouldn't waste any money to add anything to the Holllister bag but the idea is a good on.

Eric, any suggestions as to why the piece of velcro that is on the portion where the opening is wants to start coming away from the bag therefore having my change the bag earlier than I normally would have?

Lucy


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hey Lilylifesaver,

I've only had that velcro part come off on me once, and I'm going to assume it was simply defective. If you're having problems with it often, I would get in touch with Hollister to see what's going on. It's possible that temperatures during storage or transit may also have an impact on it. I've had products come in ruined because of the cold in the past.

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lilylifesaver
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Eric, do you have a suggestion of a Colopast 1 pc with similar wafer like Hollister Premier CeraPlus with a light convexity?

Lucy


   
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VeganOstomy
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Coloplast and Hollister products are very different from one another. Light convexity alone narrows down your options quite a bit, but I would considering sampling some of the new stuff in the Sensura Mio line (they have several convex styles) and see if any work for you.

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danbh
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Hi all,

In regards to above video Eric, it is a great idea, however I wear my bag out of my pants due to a large Stoma (Going for 2nd prolapse revision on December 6), so that bag does not bother me at all. What does bother me in the Hollister bags is the strip of hard nylon (or whatever you call it), that is extended past the outlet of the bag, and I have no idea what is that for. It gets really dirty while emptying the bag, and makes it hard to push open the bag on that side, even after creasing the outlet as per your great idea Eric, which is making it much easier to push open the outlet of the bag for cleaning. I just cut that piece at the end, and it does not effect the bag in any way.

Would you know what that extension is for Eric?

Thank you

 


   
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Shazzon
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I really like this pouch hack works very well .Thanks for the tip 


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hey, Danbh.

You could try removing it, however, if it's the same piece I'm thinking of, it would be best to leave it as it helps to keep moisture/fluids from seeping out. I did a similar modification on another product and cut off that tiny strip of plastic and I had a messy situation as I unrolled the outlet (as if liquids from the bag found its way out, even when it was rolled up correctly).

That said, I have known other people who snip those ends off without any trouble. Maybe cautiously give it a try?

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Laura
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Velcro expensive. I just used blue painters tape. Didn’t harm pouch and used same tape multiple times.


   
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VeganOstomy
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@Laura Great tip! I was getting velcro from the dollar store, so it was really inexpensive, but if tape works, go for it! 

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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