Welcome to part two of my “Mastering Life with an Ostomy” series!
The term “burping” isn’t something you’d expect to go hand in hand with ostomy care, but it is something that ileostomates and colostomates should familiarize themselves with.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a better way to flush your drainable ostomy bag with water every time you empty it? Here’s a cool trick using a product you may already be familiar with.
The Osto EZ-Vent is a pretty cool little product that helps you remove gas from your ostomy bag without the need to “burp” your bag at the coupling or outlet.
While it can be installed easily on many bags, there are a few that aren’t as compatible. One of those is the Coloplast Sensura Mio, which has a large pre-filter and a double layer of plastic.
Ballooning: When an ostomy pouch fills with gas, leaving the pouch wearer frustrated and irritated by the football-sized growth that has seemingly appeared out of nowhere.
The other week, I reviewed the Osto EZ-Vent product and had given it a very favorable review. One of the only concerns with the EZ-Vent is that the gas which escapes it is at full-strength, since there is no filter to neutralize the odors. One innovative company aims to find a solution to that problem by offering a small filter to add to the Osto EZ-Vent.
I’ve tried these filters and I offer up my review for them below.
One problem that most, if not all, ostomates face is pouch ballooning.
Ballooning is caused when gas fills your ostomy pouch and has nowhere to go. The result can be a very inflated pouch that can end up causing a leak or even a full-on explosion!