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Rapid weight loss

Question I’ve noticed that I lost 6 pounds overnight. I know the scales are accurate. I could feel it in my clothes as well. How is this possible? Is this common?   Response Regardless of the type of ostomy or bowel diversion, it is not typical to experience a 6-pound weight loss overnight. Having said…

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Convexity

Question I am 84 yrs. old. I have an ileostomy which I have had for about 29 years, on my right side. A skin sag has developed about one inch below the stoma and is causing adhesion problems for my appliance. I use ConvaTec SUR-FIT Natura Stomahesive Flexible wafer REF 125264. I use Coloplast Brava…

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Urostomy

Question I was operated on in January and have had no difficulty with my appliances (Hollister),  except, most evenings it fills up with more air than urine and I need to empty about every 45 minutes. Is this normal and is there any way to prevent it from happening?   Response Your night system should…

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Leakage

Question I got my ileostomy in December 2019 and can’t seem to get the flange attached so it doesn’t leak.  I have had home care, I have watched videos, I have tried ConvaTec, Hollister, Coloplast and it doesn’t seem to matter.  I have used 8 in the last 8 days.  I am afraid to go…

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Support Belts

Question My Dad is recovering well from his November 2019 Ostomy. Being very active, he’s seeking a belt that we cannot find anywhere. The only belts seen are very basic. He’s reluctant to buy online, sight unseen.Any ideas where to locate? Any help is appreciated.   Response  Before purchasing an ostomy support belt/stoma guard, I…

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J-Pouch is not Working

Question I’ve had a J-Pouch for 22 years, with chronic pouchitis. I’ve been on Cipro for many years and have regular anal and top-end j-pouch strictures that need dilating. Long story short, my j-pouch is not working well and I’ve been quite sick for three months.  My gastroenterologist tells me that my best (and probably…