Immediately following ostomy surgery is a difficult, challenging time for both nurses and patients, the surgical sites are still tender and will change on a daily basis. What appliance solution works one day can quite easily not work later and problems can arise quickly.
Hugh had recent surgery with formation of a loop ileostomy. After 7 days several of the dissolvable stitches around the stoma came undone and resulted in muco-cutaneous separation. Such situations are not uncommon following stoma surgery, it can lead to various problems and prolonged healing.
Following a discussion with Trio customer service Hugh informed them of the problem, including the fact that he has eczema and sensitive skin. Silken was determined to be the best solution for Hugh’s situation and he received a sample of Trio Silken stoma gel.
Silken is designed to fill in any dips or troughs, prevent leaks and protect exposed skin. As Trio Silken is alcohol-free it did not sting or hurt the sensitive skin, while protecting it. The gel does not break down in the presence of stoma output and so the skin is never in contact with the output allowing it to heal naturally in a protected environment.
“The gel was very easy to apply and did not sting.. It instantly soothed my sore skin. Daily use of this gel quickly cleared up sore skin around my stoma.”
Removal of Silken as a painless residue-free material was also vital to prevent further damage Hugh’s sensitive peristomal skin. Silken came off easily in one piece and required no scrubbing such as that to remove stoma pastes.
Improved outcome and better quality of life
Daily re-application of the Silken stoma gel when he was changing his 1-piece stoma bag has resulted in the skin healing almost completely within 1 week. Peristomal skin pain was gone and Hugh had a much improved quality of life as a result.