Bradley T.

I play hockey on the school team and I have been playing for years. My team mates are my best friends and when I got sick I started missing out on all the games and I missed hanging out with my buddies so much. When I got the ostomy bag it was very hard to play such a rough aggressive sport with such a delicate bag. I felt like I had lost my whole identity and became very depressed. Than I heard about the Ostabelt and decided to try it. It has made a huge difference. I can go back to playing my favorite sport, hang out with my buddies, and be part of the team that I love. The Ostabelt protects my bag and I don’t have to be as worried. Life changing, truly.

Nikki L.

The Ostabelt works amazingly. I have had an ostomy bag now for three years. Its extremely uncomfortable when I exercise and walk too much. I always felt as if it was not secure but when I tried the Ostabelt, it sure fixed that problem. I’ve been able to move more freely and exercise ten times harder since using the Ostabelt. It secures my ostomy appliance in place so it enables me to move freely without worries.

After Surgery Tips

  • It’s important to remember that it takes time to adjust, but it will get easier.
  • With support from your ostomy nurse and practical guidance you will learn how to change your ostomy pouch, care for your skin and focus on helping you become confident in taking care of your stoma.
  • Keep hydrated, drink lots of water.
  • Get in touch with other people with ostomies, whether it’s a support group in your community or online. Getting advice from other people who have an ostomy is a great way to boost your confidence.
  • Most people can return to work about 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.
  • You will need to restrict activities during the first 2 to 4 weeks after surgery, including driving and heavy lifting.
  • For the first 6 to 8 weeks after ostomy surgery, your health care provider may recommend a low-fiber diet to give the bowel time to heal.
  • Eating small meals frequently will help regulate your stoma function.

Day-to-Day Tips

  • Change your ostomy pouch on a routine basis, usually when it’s half full. You will get more comfortable with this after you learn what works best for you. Depending on the type of appliance you have been provided, some are disposable daily and some are reusable throughout the week.
  • It is recommended to change your skin barrier twice a week. Seven days is generally the maximum length of time.
  • Pouch wear time may decrease during warmer seasons when you are perspiring more or during times of increased activity. This is normal, so anticipate and plan appropriately.
  • When traveling, plan ahead. Some suggestions include:
    • Take extra ostomy supplies
    • Take an extra Ostabelt with you in case of emergencies
    • Pack your ostomy products in your carry-on bag when flying
    • Pre-cut your skin barriers ahead of time, if needed
    • Obtain a letter from your doctor that will explain your need for specific medical supplies when traveling
  • You can shower or bathe with your pouch on. If you use a two-piece pouching system, keep your pouch on during the shower. Some find it convenient to change to a different pouch for the shower so that the pouch you are wearing stays dry.
  • Store your unused ostomy supplies in a cool, dry place.
  • Carry extra ostomy supplies in your purse or car when you go out.

Pouching Tips

  • Prepare your new pouching system before you remove your used pouch.
  • Empty your pouch when it’s half full of discharge or gas. Do not let the pouch overfill or leak.
  • If you notice that you have a lot of gas in your pouch, you may want to consider a pouch with a built-in filter.
  • The best time for a routine pouch change is in the morning when the stoma is less active and before you have had anything to eat or drink.
  • After you apply your skin barrier, press it gently against your skin for about 30-60 seconds.
  • If you wear a two-piece pouching system, try placing the skin barrier on your body in a diamond shape for a smoother fit.
  • Empty your pouch before bedtime and activities.

Skin Care Tips

  • Make sure your skin is clean and completely dry before applying the adhesive.
  • Adjust the hole in the adhesive so that it is an exact fit around your stoma.
  • Check the size of the stoma regularly, especially if you have a hernia.
  • For most people, water is sufficient for cleaning the skin. If you choose to use soap, use a mild soap without lotions or creams that may leave a residue or film on your skin. This can interfere with the adhesive.
  • If you decide to use an adhesive remover, wash your skin with soap and water afterwards. Rinse and dry thoroughly before applying your next skin barrier.
  • Things NOT recommended for routine skin care around your stoma:
    • Soap with lotions
    • Creams
    • Lotions
    • Powders
    • Baby wipes
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Steroidal medications
    • Ointments that are not prescribed by your doctor
  • Remember to wash your hands before and after changing or emptying your pouch.
  • Change your appliance as soon as you feel any discomfort. No skin irritation is normal. If you discover you have red, broken, itchy or irritated skin, seek the assistance of a qualified healthcare professional.