Forward together

For 60 years, Coloplast has been improving the lives of people with intimate healthcare needs. But we were never alone on the journey.​

Healthcare professionals all over the world are sharing our ambition of better care. People with intimate healthcare needs are sharing their opinions and dreams. Local partners are fighting side-by-side for better access to healthcare. And across all fields of expertise, we are sharing knowledge to reach better outcomes.​​

So this year, on the occasion of our 60th anniversary, we want to celebrate the power of collaboration across the globe. Why? Because, as we set out to reach new heights in the coming 60 years, we know everything will be even better, when we all go… ​

Forward together with the users of our products​

Forward together in love Forward together in love “I wasn’t confident when I approached people. But now I’m in my twenties and have my implant. It has changed my life for the better. New situations open up to me that weren’t there before.​It’s made my relationship flourish.”​ Learn more
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Forward together in love

Colin was in his teens when he realized he had erectile dysfunction. It took him a while to gather the courage to face it, but he now lives happily and confidently with a penile implant. Colin received the Titan® penile implant. While it is not that common to see a user of Colin’s age needing an implant, Colin was born with a vascular condition that prevented the vessels in his penis from holding blood. So essentially, he was born with erectile dysfunction.

“When I was 20 I decided to seek treatment, and was referred to the Mayo Clinic in the US. The clinic suggested that a penile implant would be the only way to correct my condition.”

Colin has had the implant for approximately five years, and it has changed the way he approaches people.

“It has changed the way I approach talking to people – to my friends and to girls. It predominantly comes from being confident.”

Today, Colin has moved to Minnesota, gotten a new job as Vice President of The Millau Group Global – and a girlfriend. They’ve been seeing each other for a year now, and are very happy. 

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Forward together with a winning attitude Forward together with a winning attitude “I volunteer as chief executive of a local patient support group called SPINE where I helped establish the wheelchair-rugby team. There is a joy in helping other people, in seeing them doing a sport, being committed to it and getting fitter, which helps their lives.”​ Learn more
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Forward together with a winning attitude

At the age of 19, Kevan was in a car accident that left him with a spinal cord injury. 33 years later, the spinal unit at his local hospital considered closing and moving the unit to another hospital. Kevin refused to accept the sad destiny of his local hospital and decided to fight to keep the spinal unit open to him and other patients who depended on the doctors and consultants there.

“I'm very passionate about, and committed to, people's rights, but not in a stupid way. I found that we're better working together. I know that some companies use it as a strap line, but together we really are stronger.”

Thanks to Kevan, the hospital did not close down, and, shortly after, he founded SPINE, a patient support group for patients, relatives and doctors within the spinal cord injury area. Today, the organisation has a professional setup and hosts a variety of different leisure and sports activities.

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Forward together as a family Forward together as a family Dineo felt isolated after her ostomy operation and her family life suffered consequently. Then she began talking with an advisor from the Coloplast® Care support program. That gave her an encouraging push in the right direction and now she’s confident and enjoying life again. Learn more
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Forward together as a family

“I felt so sad, but what can I say, as long as I’m alive! It was hectic for me every day at the hospital. I didn’t
even want to see myself there anymore.”

Dineo lost hope because she was always sitting on a chair and was not even walking straight.

“Then one day God sent an angel. A lady from Coloplast gave me a call and asked me how I was feeling after being out ofthe hospital having a stoma.”

Dineo got help find the fight ostomy solution for her and that was a turning point for Dineo.

“Oh my God, I didn’t believe it! I slept like a baby that night. I felt so free and alive again, my life started to change after that day. I was so shocked and happy at the same time, I started to smile again, I could walk straight, even play with my daughter again. Before I was always crying and couldn’t focus on my child. Now I was free and comfortable, maintained my stoma well, ate well, wore my clothes again, no more tears!”

 

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Forward together and closer together Forward together and closer together ”While our sons were growing up, my wife and I didn’t spend so much time together. But during my sickness, we became close again and now we’re enjoying life as a couple.” Learn more
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Forward together and closer together

While Kazushige might be retired, he is showing no signs of slowing down. For one, he enjoys working as an employed senior at the local shopping center where he waters plants. When he is not enjoying nature and taking care of his plants, Kazushige likes to travel. After the operation that resulted in him getting a urostomy, Kazushige found it increasingly difficult to visit and stay in Japanese hotels. He would not let that hold him back, however, and to avoid the problems that the low beds in Japanese hotels caused him, he developed his own urostomy bag basket. Gone are the days of experiencing problems in the hotels and Kazushige is free to travel the country with his wife.

In a way, Kazushige feels, his sickness brought him closer to his wife. The fact that he is now able to travel with her, and to relax while doing his beloved gardening work means a lot to him, and he is always looking ahead.

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Forward together after surgery Forward together after surgery ”I was 30 when I started to experience urinary stress incontinence but waited 9 years before trying to solve it. Surgery scared me because I was misinformed. But when I decided to have it, it was simpler than I had envisioned. Today, I feel free and enjoy life to the full." Learn more
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Forward together after surgery

Marion has always enjoyed going to concerts, dancing, and going out with her friends and family. That all became difficult to enjoy when she began experiencing urinary incontinence at the age of 30. She was confused, and thought that this was something that only happened to people older than herself, so she ended up waiting nine years before going to a doctor.

“I want to share my experience and inform young women who are experiencing urinary stress incontinence. I want to help people to enjoy life, to reconnect with their life. I felt so insecure and trapped in this condition, and today I feel free and I enjoy my life to the fullest. Solve your issue, it doesn't matter your age, you can solve it.”

When Marion decided to get the surgery, it was a lot simpler than she had envisioned. She waited for as long as possible before taking the final step, because she found it difficult to get any information.

“I thought that it would be expensive, not accessible. So that’s why I chose to hide the issue instead of looking for a solution,” she says. “Before the surgery (three years ago) I felt like I was in jail in my physical condition. I couldn't do what I wanted, like go to concerts and jump and dance to the music. I was scared to get the surgery because I was misinformed, I thought that it was for older people and that I would not be able to walk properly afterwards. I lost the freedom to go out without having to think constantly of having toilets close by. I was constantly worried and couldn't live my life fully. I felt left alone with my condition.”

Today, Marion feels free again, and she has fallen back in love with life.

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Forward together against the odds Forward together against the odds "Fourteen years ago, I was hospitalized with a bad infection, a diabetic foot ulcer. The doctors were planning to amputate my leg to the knee. Then this nurse Monica changed my treatment, said she would take care of me and after a month they could reassess the situation. She was the light at the end of the tunnel. Her dedication saved me.”​ Learn more
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Forward together against the odds

Celso can still clearly remember the day the doctors wanted to amputate part of his leg.

“I remember I was hospitalised on the 3rd floor and it was 17.00. Monica came to my bed.”

The nurse, Monica, changed the whole treatment and told the management that she would take care of Celso’s foot for one month, and then they could reassess the situation.

“She showed me a light at the end of the tunnel, and because of that Monica is more than a nurse to me. She did all the possible and impossible to help me, she never left me alone and called my family when she couldn't visit me in person. Her dedication saved me.”

Four years ago, Celso returned to performing. He couldn't stand up, but he started again by sitting and talking on stage.

“I had the opportunity to perform a show in front of 2,000 nurses, and I showed the audience what happened with the infection. This is when I realised that I was not an easy patient…”

Today, Celso is 55 years old and performs as a drag queen in Brazil and the US.

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These users received compensation from Coloplast to provide this information. Each person’s situation is unique so your experience may not be the same. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether this product is right for you.

Forward together with healthcare professionals everywhere

Forward together for improved wound care Forward together for improved wound care Madeleine Flanagan is one of the wound care experts who have partnered with Coloplast in the development of the HEAL program. HEAL aims to increase knowledge of modern wound healing principles amongst healthcare professionals and improve the standard of care for wound patients everywhere. Learn more
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Forward together for improved wound care

Hospitals and other health organisations are experiencing cuts on professional wound care management education, which is threatening the standard of care significantly. HEAL is Coloplast’s global educational program that’s developed in close collaboration with international wound care experts with the aim of increasing knowledge about modern wound healing principles and improving the standard of care for wound patients around the world.

“The HEAL program can help provide structured clinically based education that’s been designed by health professionals for health professionals – it’s really well-designed, engaging, keeps people’s interest and is flexible. The individual can learn at home; they haven’t got time at work anymore to go to training and they sometimes can’t even access computer terminals to do online learning – so to provide a flexible package that’s well-designed is really relevant.”

Madeleine is a big believer in the power of access to education. It is imperative that healthcare professionals are in a position where they can continuously improve and learn new skills.

“Access to professional education for health care professionals is restricted and limited these days, so the HEAL program is a real opportunity to give people access to education that is well thought out and planned from an educational perspective rather than a promotional perspective.”

 

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Forward together for improved care Forward together for improved care Kevan’s first experience of the Pinderfield rehab unit was as a patient. Now he is a member of its multi-disciplinary management team and works closely with nurses like Kay in running the patient activity groups.​ Learn more
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Forward together for improved care

At the age of 19, Kevan was in a car accident that left him with a spinal cord injury. Thirty-three years later, the spinal unit at his local hospital considered closing and moving the unit to another hospital. Kevin refused to accept the sad destiny of his local hospital and decided to fight to keep the spinal unit open to him and other patients who depended on the doctors and consultants there.

“I'm very passionate about, and committed to, people's rights, but not in a stupid way. I found that we're better working together. I know that some companies use it as a strap line, but together we really are stronger.”

Thanks to Kevan, the hospital did not close down, and, shortly after, he founded SPINE, a patient support group for patients, relatives and doctors within the spinal cord injury area. Today, the organisation has a professional setup and hosts a variety of different leisure and sports activities.

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Forward together and learning together Forward together and learning together Mauro Pinheiro has been a urologist for 13 years and specialises in penile implants and prostate cancer surgery. He has enjoyed furthering his expertise through various Coloplast programmes, and has particularly valued the insights gained​ Learn more
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Forward together and learning together

“Helping people is why you become a doctor. You need to keep that motivation every day and renew that commitment with every patient. The day you forget your passion and the reason why you became a doctor, it’s better to change profession.”

Mauro feels that his relationship with Coloplast is very important. As he puts it, it is very much like team work, and working together is key for him when it comes to giving the patients the best possible health outcome.

“We are aiming for the best for the patient. Especially when things don’t go as planned, when the job is tough and we are facing a difficult situation, our collaboration is key to find the best solution together. We discuss how to find the best materials and products for the patient and I trust that Coloplast will always do a good job.”

“Beyond the quality of the products, the communication and the support, Coloplast is also a partner in providing access to knowledge and keeping us (surgeons) up to date with technological innovation, surgical techniques, and giving us access to learnings from peers: best practice in surgery and surgical team work.”

Mauro has learned a lot through Coloplast programs, especially in the penile implants area in the US. By watching the surgical teams working, he has learned how to work faster and build a high performing team (nurses/ CP/ surgeon) when he operates.

By sponsoring events and congresses, Coloplast brings people together to reinforce knowledge sharing and the community. That also plays an important role in introducing residents to urology as most of them are focused on robotics.

“I am focused every day on preparing the necessary changes. What do I need to deliver today to build the best possible future? I take time to speak to patients to understand in depth the impact of their condition on their lives, how it also impacts their work, and their family. Often we need to go deeper in the conversation to identify precisely what the specific needs of the person are. There is not one fits all solution, each individual is unique and the solution is unique too.”

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Forward together with nurses everywhere Forward together with nurses everywhere Sixty years ago, one nurse had an idea that sparked the formation of our company. Today we collaborate with over 850 nurses across 23 different countries. Their invaluable input helps us to determine the best possible solutions for people with intimate healthcare needs. Learn more
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Forward together with nurses everywhere

Back in 1954 when nurse Elise Sørensen wanted to help her sister who had just had an ostomy operation, the foundation was laid for Coloplast’s lifelong partnership with nurses around the world. Elise’s sister was afraid to go out in public, fearing that her stoma might leak. Listening to her sister’s problems, Elise conceived the idea of the world’s first adhesive ostomy bag.

Based on Elise’s idea, Aage Louis-Hansen, a civil engineer and plastics manufacturer, and his wife Johanne Louis-Hansen, a trained nurse, created the ostomy bag. An ostomy bag that helped Thora – and thousands of people like her – to live the life they want to lead. A simple solution that makes a difference.

That tradition is still alive and well in our company, and Louise (right) is just one example of that. A paediatric enterostomal therapy nurse, Louise has devoted her life to raising awareness and teaching other nurses all over the world. She is the former chairperson of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) and has long been a member of the Coloplast Ostomy Forum (COF).

Her goal has always been and remains to help as many people as possible live the life they want to live.

“Coloplast is very good at bringing people together. Coloplast and nurses share the same goal. We want to improve the patients’ quality of life.”

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These users received compensation from Coloplast to provide this information. Each person’s situation is unique so your experience may not be the same. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether this product is right for you.

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