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Bladder cancer: Is a stoma the same as an ostomy?

Ostomy | Last Active: Aug 15, 2020 | Replies (29)

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Your response has prompted me to ask if anyone knows whether a barrier ring is necessary for skin health. We have had so many problems with leakage. My husband’s stoma is irregular in shape and slightly recessed. What has finally worked is a convex wafer and no barrier ring. We have begun to use the “Y” shaped barrier strips around the outside edges as well as the elastic belt and the pouch is good for three or four days. Now my concern is the irritated skin. I’m sure that if he gets even one lesion it will be difficult to heal.

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Yes, the irritated skin can be very sore and lesions are so hard to heal. I have tried many different things and found nothing that really does the job. The less leakage you have the less irritation. The skin gets irritated from the stool and if you have found equipment that lasts you for 3 – 4 days. I say Bravo! I consider myself lucky if I go two. If I get two nights in a row, I don't wait for a leak or a fail, I just go ahead and change it. My motto is "It's easier to change than to clean up a mess". I use Hollister equipment ad I use a barrier ring. Each person must find their best combination.