Apr 15 2012
Leaking Colostomy Bag? Ostomy Support Groups and Bag Companies

Which ileostomy bags are the best for a patient?
Many patients report problems with the seal and leaking.

A referral to an Enterostomal Therapist is sometimes recommended to resolve issues from possible complications of having a stoma.

A fantastic guide is available from CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER.


View it here.


Some manufacturers of bags include:
Most will provide samples.
1. Hollister
web: https://www.hollister.com/us/ostomy/consumer/
8:00am – 5:00pm (Central time) Monday through Friday.
Hollister Incorporated
Consumer Programs Team
2000 Hollister Drive
Libertyville, Illinois 60048

While you may experience that your hospital is standardized on one bag manufacturer, for instance Kaiser appears to use only Hollister products, there are other products available from other companies including.

2. Convatec


3. Coloplast


4. Cymed

(800) 582-0707 x105
Email us at: Samples

There is also a magazine called Phoenix which is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive information for Ostomates.

Get Ostomy Answers

The Phoenix magazine provides solutions to the many challenges of living with a colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy or continent diversion (j-pouch, kock pouch, etc.). From skin care to nutrition to intimacy, in-depth articles written by medical professionals, authors and ostomates show readers how to return to a full and rewarding life with an ostomy. Read More



Ostomy Visitor is a person who had an Ostomy surgery and can answer questions about every day life. The United Ostomy Association (www.UOAA.org) is a national organization creating awareness, raising funds for research and providing support for Ostomates. Ostomy Visitor programs and support groups are sponsored by local chapters of the UOA.


Support groups are a critical part of helping ostmates in getting through the trials and tribulations of dealing with ostomy bags and the lack of education and expertise at hospitals.  As more people are fasced with the challenging task of dealing with a temporary or permanent ostomy support groups play a critical part.

Last week I learned of an Ostomy Support Group at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, the group is supported by the hospital and about 25 people attended the meeting on Thursday night. The next meeting is on May 18, 2012, held at the Huntington Pavilion, at the corner of California and Fair Oaks.


Huntington Hospital Ostomy Support Group, Thu., May 17

Our Goals:
To help members live happy and productive lives To provide encouragement and coping skills To share information that will help others facing the same issues To explore problem solving strategies

Anyone who has a stoma for the diversion of bowel or bladder. Family and friends are welcome.

Wound ostomy continence nurse, Social worker, Colorectal program nurse navigator

The Huntington Pavilion
625 South Fair Oaks
Suite 100 (conference room)

Third Thursday of each month
5:30-7:30 p.m. (except holidays)

Each meeting will feature a guest speaker presenting information focusing on improving one’s ability to adapt and cope with an ostomy. This will be followed by an open sharing session wherein participants will discuss and share their feelings. Topics will include common problems associated with having an ostomy. Group sessions help to identify problem solving techniques and build camaraderie and support among members. The group will be led by one of the facilitators who are available to answer questions, lend support and provide community resources.

For more information about the Ostomy Support Group, please call (626) 397-5067

For driving directions, please CLICK HERE

For a map of the hospital and the available parking, please CLICK HERE

To download our printable ostomy brochure, please CLICK HERE


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