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Ostomy Pancaking | Ask Laura

Laura Cox
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
04/21/17  12:25 PM PST
Ostomy Pancaking

Hi Laura, I’m 84 years old and have had a colostomy for three years. For the past few months, I’ve found my stool has been pasty and sticky. This makes it difficult to empty and clean my ostomy bag.  Please tell me what to do to prevent ostomy “pancaking” from sticky stool. I took Benefiber® but it didn’t work. Please tell me any foods or medications that can improve my situation. Thank you!


Hi Troy,

Sorry to hear about your recent issue. The first thing I would suggest is to make sure you’re drinking enough fluids throughout the day. Drinking fluids will help make stool less sticky. Another product that can really help with cleaning the pouch is a lubricating deodorant (there are many different products available, but here is an example). Lubricating deodorant helps stool fall to the bottom of the pouch and makes emptying and cleaning the pouch much easier.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!

I hope you’re happy and healthy!


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  1. Ada D.
    Posted June 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm PST

    After reading your suggestions for pan caking, have tried all of that, no results.. Also, my stomach is very very low.. Have tried about 6 different pouches… Any suggestions?? HELP PLEASE

  2. Aimee Sharp
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 1:57 pm PST

    Hello Ada. Thanks for your comment. Well, if our tips aren’t working, let’s turn to one of our favorite ostomate friends, Vegan Ostomy! He has a great video and a thorough post about pancaking. We hope you can find some tips that work for you! Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks and good luck! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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