A blogger from Whittlesey spoke at Europe’s largest medical technology conference about how her health problems have revolutionised colostomy - a surgical procedure to divert one end of the large intestine through an opening in the stomach.
Thaila Skye (29) told medical professionals on Thursday (December 3) at the MedTech Forum, in Brussels, about how she was one of a number of customers whose feedback led to the world’s biggest colostomy bag maker Coloplast changing their design.
Crohn’s disease sufferer Thaila spoke about how her stoma – a surgical opening that diverts bodily waste to a colostomy bag – pointed towards her skin rather than outwards. It would lead to painful leakages which would burn her skin.
After blogging about her problems, Danish medical devices manufacturer Coloplast, which has offices in Peterborough, got in contact to ask about the problems she was having.
Coloplast, which was working on an updated version of its colostomy bags, worked closely with Thaila to find a solution, with Thaila being part of a trial programme.
Last month, after years of research, Coloplast launched its new SenSura Mio Convex which uses an adaptive convex shell to push stomas that are deep-seated away from the skin to avoid contact with fluids.
Thaila said: “I had so many complications after my surgery; it was awful. It took seven months for my midline incision to heal and the way my stoma healed pointing down meant that I was having several leaks a day, so my peristomal skin totally broke down.
“I was too scared to leave the house and it put my whole life on hold. When I heard that Coloplast were working on a new range of ostomy appliances, I couldn’t wait to try them.
“It was only through their convex ostomy appliances that I was able to get my life back - my skin improved, the leaks stopped and I was able to live life as a normal woman in her twenties should.”