Mic-key versus Mini One size comparison

new Mini One on left


My first button type g-tube was the Mini classic.  It lasted me for about 17 months.  When the balloon finally failed, I ended up with a Mic-key, and pretty much stayed with this brand, mainly due to availability, except for a short stint  with the Corfo cuBBy.

My most recent Mic-key was placed the beginning of April, approximately five months ago, and in recent weeks, the balloon had started to fail.  Not a complete bust, but it was losing  over one ml per day, so by time a few days passed, it was pretty wobbly  if I didn’t stay proactive and refill it.

I ordered the AMT Mini One late last week, and  it arrived today.  This afternoon, I  replaced my five month old Mic-key with it.

Before doing the switch, I snapped a few pictures, so readers of this blog can see how it visually differs.  The Mic-key in the photos is an older one I kept from a previous change-out.

No photos of the balloon inflated (sorry, didn’t think about it)

I like that AMT prints the suggested fill amount for the balloon onto the port itself.

The new Mini One also glows in the dark! (extension set connectors do too)

The extension sets for the Mic-Key do work with the Mini One button.  Understand it takes some real pushing to get the connection though. (Hold the button securely with one hand, push tip of connector into port with the other.)

Here are the photos:

Applied Medical Technology Mini One on top Halyard Mic-Key shown at bottom.


Mic-key left, Mini One right


I am pleasantly surprised at how much lighter the Mini One is on my stoma.

Even though many of us have no choice as to what brand of button will be installed if our doctor is doing the switch, I would strongly urge you to do everything you can to receive the Mini One instead of the Mic-Key.  I am so thrilled with it!

I paid out of pocket, and changed my button at home, and the Mini-One did cost more than I could get a Mic-Key for, but, believe me, there are no regrets.

The only button I think could be better, as far as being lightweight on the stoma, is the Bard Button.  Those don’t have a balloon, so there is no port for it on the skin.

AMT states in their literature that a pad or gauze square is not needed under their button, and if there is a problem with secretions, the fill of the balloon should be adjusted.  (This is in the context of stomach contents leaking around the tube, not exudate due to overgranulation tissue).

If you’ve read my saga on what I went through to be rid of granulation tissue, you know that I was using a pad under my Mic-Key and had added an anchor strap that went over the balloon port to keep it from turning and moving throughout the day.

So, after a short while with my new Mini One, I tried making smaller more streamlined pads, because the ones I was using were just too bulky.  I thought   I still needed to do “something” to keep it stable, as the idea of granulation coming back was just more than I wanted to deal with.

I found I just didn’t need the pad! They made the whole area feel heavier, and I came to the conclusion it was doing more harm than any possible good.

There have been a couple of mornings when I’ve woken to some dried blood at the stoma, which makes me think I was laying on it in such a way that it was pulling the button to one side.  Each time this has happened, I taped the button for the next day, just to make sure there would be no irritation to trigger problems, and it has been all good.

There is virtually no exudate at my stoma.  I clean under it twice a day.  I use a dropper bottle with the Wonder DT Lotion, put a couple of drops so that the lotion goes down around the tube, wipe off the excess with a q-tip (cotton bud for those of you not in the USA) and that is it!

The photo below was taken this morning, I am pinching the two ends of the button together (its flexible) so you can see under it, and be able to tell how completely healthy my stoma, and the surrounding skin is.


The photos is  wee bit out of focus (not an easy photo to take of oneself) but it is still clear that my stoma just couldn’t look any better.