CC tells me that the above illustration is not the kind of 2-piece we are talking about.
Recently, we were sent samples of the new Coloplast SenSura® Mio pouch. We decided to try some samples in the two-piece variety since we have never actually tried using a 2-piece system.
Here are some of our thoughts:
- Two-piece vs one-piece system: we came to the conclusion we prefer the one-piece. I think if you tended to need to change just the bag, or to change into different sizes of bags without changing the adhesive flange that the 2-piece would be great. But generally speaking, for us if the pouch needs to be changed, it’s due to a seal issue. We found the joining area to be just a bit bulkier to accommodate the joining area. It wasn’t bad, but after a couple weeks of that and going back to a one-piece it was nicer to have the lower profile.
- The SenSura® Mio pouch itself was great! If you haven’t tried the product yet, contact Coloplast or your medical supply company for a sample (also their BodyCheck site is great for finding products that work well with your body/stoma type).
- The fabric on this pouch is really nice. It feels much smoother. It dries SO much faster than the regular fabric.
- If you get the front fabric covering, it comes with a little “peek-a-boo” slit so you can say “hi” to your human if you need – but it’s kind of nice and cozy in there.
- The seal was really nice. It is much harder to tell where skin ends and seal begins (at least much more so than with other seals. And I only used it for a couple weeks and I did not have any skin issues like I have had with some other adhesives.
- I was a bit hesitant about the “full-circle filter” but that actually worked OK. I was worried about it keeping stuff from moving down into the bag but that wasn’t a problem.
- Also, if you get the one with the fabric front, it has a cool second Velcro piece up higher so if you need a shorter bag for a little while, you can fold it up and attach there which was really nifty.
- The one down side for this product for me was it currently does not come in a convex bag style. For our body type, this is really the type of bag that works best. We normally also wear the Brava Moldable Ostomy rings and there was some leakage under that but did not leak under the Mio bag seal (good for the Mio bag seal but not as good for me).
So, to conclude, we’re going to stick with a one-piece and at the moment stick with our normal Coloplast pouch; however, we will be watching closely if Coloplast comes out with a convex style of this pouch because if they do, we’re probably switching.
Thank you to Coloplast for the samples! You folks rock!