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afraidinindy
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My husband just came home from the hospital with a permanent colostomy. He is doing very well with it but is trying to decide which type of pouch would be best. Anyone out there that can tell us the pros and cons of the different types? He wants to do some traveling if possible so would like the least mainteance one. Thanks for any advice you can give us.

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nanuk
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Really a personal preference question-I tried almost everything out there before settling on cymed Micro Skin. It was designed by an 80 year old ostomate who was fed up with the quality of the pouches available. I find it the most flexible and trouble-free appliance available.
Here are some Ostomysupport groups to try out:

United Ostomy Associations of
America, (UOAA)
Ostomy Association of Canada

International Ostomy Association
The J-Pouch group

Ostomy Aid
Pull-thru Network

Shaz's Ostomy Page
Living with a Colostomy

you should be able to google these and come up with the urls..also suggest that you contact some of the companies that make ostomy appliances; they will be happy to send free samples. Feel free to contact me with questions via this site's e-mail.
Bud

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afraidinindy
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Thank you for your response. We'll check out some of these.

sandyjg
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My husband had a temporary colostomy for about 4 months. We liked the small mini pouch ones that you do not drain, just toss and throw away. At first we needed the bags that have an air vent, that worked so well because he had lots of air and the regular bag would get big and puffy. We did it the easy way after we figured it out and always used the disposable ones. We just kept big baggies and he would put the pouch in the baggie and dispose of. We also ordered the drops from the company that you put in the pouch before you put it on. The drops kept it from smelling. We also bought the spray that takes the odor out of the room when you change it. My hubby as you can tell does not like smelly things. He really liked the small bags as they weren't as noticeable under his clothes. He went back to work quickly and did not want to have to deal with emptying the bag all the time. Our insurance company was very good, we tried different bags until we found what we liked, they paid for all of them.

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afraidinindy
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Sounds like a great plan - I'll share this with my husband - yeah, the air and/or movement in the pouch sort of freaks him out sometimes. He said it feels like a hampster running across his belly - wonder how he knows that feeling - haha. Do you know the company that makes the kind your husband liked or what they were called? Thanks for your advice.

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vinny3
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Hi,
I have a permanent colostomy and am using the Coloplast Assura Wide Outlet easiclose. It has a filter which vents the air and a velcro hold button so that you can use two hands to empty it. I am using some drops for odor. I wear regular clothes and just periodically push the material down the bag to below the waistline. I usually have to empty it about 3 times a day, occ have gone a whole day without emptying it. My ostomy nurse had a bunch of different ones to show me and was very helpful. I haven't seen the Microskin but will look at that one as well. I plan to travel for 5 days next week and figure I should only have to change once during the trip. I also use an Eakin seal ( 2 inch) just around the stoma to give me more security ( otherwise I will use the convex pouch but it doesn't have the velcro button I like).
Dick

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afraidinindy
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Thanks for the info - I'll pass it on to my husband. We need all the advice we can get right now. Enjoy your travel next week.

cherriann
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i am still in the process of trying different ones. i know most companies will send you samples so you can try different ones before you commit to a whole order.
good luck, cherri

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afraidinindy
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Thanks for your response, Cherri.

debcanmcg
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My husband used the ones with the charcoal filter no smell. Can't remember the brand check with your ostomy nurse she should be able to find them they really worked.

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afraidinindy
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Thanks for your suggestion. I'll let my husband know.

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