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It will generally take a few weeks for your stoma and the output to settle down following surgery and as a result your product needs may change soon after surgery.

As time passes other changes your body undergoes naturally may mean your favourite product no longer fits as it once did.  These changes may include weight gain as you recover from the illness that precipitated the operation; or skin ageing, developing new folds or becoming sore.

As these changes occur, it’s important you work with your stoma care nurse specialist to ensure an appropriate solution is found for you.  For example, soreness around the stoma may prompt a simple switch to an alginate wafer, which will promote healing.

For new ostomates our simple self-assessment tool will help you assess your body’s profile and for old-hands it can help you decide if your body has changed since your product solution was last assessed.

1. Where is your stoma located?

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A. My Stoma is on the left
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B. My Stoma is on the right

2. What is the consistency of your output like?

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A. It is soft to firm - formed stool
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B. It is usually thinner than toothpaste consistency
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C. My output is urine

3. Is your stoma in a tummy fold or crease?

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A. No
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B. Yes

4. Where is your stoma opening in relation to the surface of your skin?

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A. It is flush with my skin
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B. It is retracted below the surface of my skin
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C. It protrudes above the surface of my skin

5. What is the condition of the skin around your stoma?

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A. It is healthy
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B. It is sore, red, has a rash or is weeping

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