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12-03-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Help Finding Samples

Hello Everyone--11 days and counting until abdominoperineal surgery. Okay, obviously I have no clue what ostomy appliance I will be using, but I wondered if anyone had numbers that I could call ahead of time to obtain free samples? I am not sure of all of the brands available, and what better people to ask! From what I gather, it will be trial and error for a bit. I am trying to get everything in order prior to surgery, so I can go under the knife with as few worries as possible. Had an appointment with the surgeon yesterday, said I would be in the hospital about a week. Just ready to get it over with! I so appreciate everyone @ this site--you are all so wonderful, educated, and understanding. Thanks!!!!!
12-03-2011, 06:15 PM   #2
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Location: Barrie, Ontario

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Hollister: 1-888-740-8999 (In the United States, the Hollister Consumer Programs Team is available from 8:00am - 5:00pm (Central time) Monday through Friday.)

Coloplast: 1-888-726-7872 Consumer Care Specialists are available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CST)

Convatec: 1-800-422-8811 They didn't list their hours on the site, but I would imagine that they're business hours Monday to Friday.

Hope this helps! And good luck with your surgery! Keep us posted Also, feel free to ask any questions, we have a pretty good group here...

Crohn's Diagnosis: May 2006
Current meds: none
Surgeries: Colostomy, December 2009

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Oscar is awesome! Loving my life with my stoma (with a hint of poo)!!

12-04-2011, 02:08 AM   #3
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Snap, I hope you have a stoma nurse? You will need one!

Your stoma will shrink for the first couple months, so dont order a pre cut wafer from any of the supply companies. Then again, I expect they will tell you that as well.
DX Crohns Feb 2011, symtoms 1997, 2009 and then WHAM! Emergency surgery for perforated sigmoid, fistula through fallopian tube, septic and near dead: Colostomy-Stan was born 22/12/10. Another parastomal hernia, his name is Ollie and he is MONSTER size!
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