Tips for Getting a Massage with an Ostomy

Massages can help reduce stress, soreness, muscle pain, and tension. Many of us turn to massage to help us relax, improve our circulation, and lower our blood pressure. If you have recently had ostomy surgery, getting a massage with a stoma might be concerning. Beyond navigating what ostomy supplies you need for your new stoma, plenty of other things are probably running through your mind. You may be wondering what activities you can do now that you have a pouch attached to your abdomen.

The good news is that you can definitely have a massage with an ostomy. There are many benefits to massage in general, and with a few tips, you can enjoy this form of body treatment with an ostomy just as you did before ostomy surgery.

Benefits of Massage

Massage can be a great relaxation and healing tool for various reasons. When our muscles are sore or tight, massage can help alleviate the pain and release the tightness. After surgery, gentle massage can help break up and reduce the buildup of scar tissue. Massage can help minimize scarring, improve blood circulation, prevent swelling, and help relieve acute pain.

Massage can also have many health benefits. Those with various conditions like cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, and intestinal problems may benefit from massage.

Some of the main benefits of massage include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced pain and muscle tension
  • Improved immune function
  • Helps breakdown scar tissue
  • Improved lymphatic function
  • Improved bowel regularity
  • Lessen fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Can help improve body image

Getting a Massage with an Ostomy

After ostomy surgery, it is common to experience tenderness and soreness where you now have a new stoma. Your ostomy supplies may change as your stoma changes in size. You may even have stiffness and tension in other body areas like the shoulders, neck, and back. We often carry tension after a significant surgical procedure in other body areas not directly affected by the surgery. Visiting a massage therapist can be an excellent option to help relieve some of this muscle tension.

Once you have received clearance from your doctor to see a massage therapist, a few tips will help you get the most out of your experience.

female massage therapist massaging a female lying face down on a massage table

Inform your therapist about your ostomy

The first conversation you should have with your massage therapist is to inform them that you have an ostomy. Letting your massage therapist know that you have an ostomy will allow them to develop a safe, comfortable, and accommodating approach to your unique body. Developing a mutual understanding with your massage therapist can help you feel more comfortable communicating when something feels uncomfortable, hurts, or doesn’t feel right when you are getting a massage with an ostomy.

Use a support pillow

Apex-Carex Crescent Neck Support PillowIf you are lying on your stomach for a massage with an ostomy, using a support pillow like a neck pillow can allow the opening of the ostomy pouch to align with the opening of the neck pillow and relieve direct pressure. Direct pressure will be relieved from the ostomy without disrupting the output flow. A second pillow can be placed under the hips to help elevate the area further for even more comfort.

Ostomy supplies like support pillows are excellent accessories designed to support the weight of the abdomen without putting pressure on your ostomy appliance. Support pillows can allow you to sleep on your side or stomach more comfortably.

Opt for a prenatal massage

If lying on your stomach for a massage with an ostomy is too uncomfortable, look into a massage therapist specializing in prenatal massage. Prenatal massage tables are designed for pregnant women to accommodate larger bellies. These massage tables can also work well for ostomy patients that need to lie face-down. Prenatal massage therapists are usually experienced in administering massages while one is seated or lying on their side. Massage benches or chairs can be used for these types of massages.

Having ostomy surgery doesn’t mean that you need to give up some relaxing, self-care routines like massage. With a bit of preparation and communication with your massage therapist, you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of massage. Getting a massage with an ostomy is a great way to improve wellness and alleviate pain.

For any questions or assistance finding the ostomy supplies for your needs, our Product Experts are here to help. Give us a call today!

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Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021

Now that we are wrapping up the first month of 2022, we thought we would take a moment to share our top 10 blog posts from 2021. We are looking forward to providing a wealth of new information for you this year and thought we would share the topics that our customers have been interested in and enjoyed this last year.

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021


Choosing a suitable catheter lubricant is one of the most critical steps in a safe, clean, and comfortable self-catheterization experience. Learn why catheter lubricant is essential and how to use it to lubricate your catheter in the most popular blog post of 2021.

How to Lubricate Your Catheter


External catheters for men and women can be an excellent alternative to indwelling catheters and help prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). In this next popular blog post, learn how male and female external catheters are less invasive and possibly a more comfortable option for managing urinary incontinence.

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Diarrhea leads to dehydration, and for those with an ileostomy or colostomy, this can be dangerous. In this blog post, learn the possible causes of diarrhea, the dietary impact of diarrhea with a stoma, and ostomy products that might be helpful.

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Don’t miss out on this extensive list of what we feel are the most helpful incontinence products for seniors in this next popular blog post. When managing an incontinence condition, stocking up on the essential incontinence products for seniors is critical. So, if you are purchasing for yourself or someone you care for, considering these incontinence products for seniors is a great way to be prepared.

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Since COVID-19, many people have lost their health insurance coverage through their employers. If you or someone you know is regaining health insurance coverage, you don’t want to miss this blog post about 180 Medical, our sister company. We are incredibly proud to be connected to them!

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Learn all about a Foley catheter, when it is needed, and how to use it in this popular blog post. And, if you are already a Foley catheter user, you can view all the Foley catheters we offer on our website.

Foley Catheters - What they are, why they are used, and where to purchase.


GentleCath Glide catheters have transformed the experience of intermittent catheter users. With their advanced FeelClean Technology, these catheters offer a clean and comfortable catheterization without all the mess. In this blog post, learn all the benefits of GentleCath Glide catheters and the GentleCath me+ Program that provides free support to intermittent catheter users.

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Incontinence diapers and briefs can cause rubbing and skin irritations, including diaper rash. Thankfully, you can use products discussed in this blog post to address this uncomfortable skin condition to help prevent it from occurring and improve diaper rash.

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Children grow quickly, and diaper sizes can change unexpectedly. In this popular blog post, you’ll learn the signs to watch for that can help determine when it might be a good time to move up in diaper sizes.

Tips to Help Determine if Your Child May Need a Larger Diaper


In this informative blog post, learn about all the incontinence pad options available to men and women and their uses for different needs. Learn about the different styles, absorbency levels, how to choose the right size, and how to dispose of incontinence pads properly. We even discuss what may be covered by Medicare.

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We hope you have enjoyed these blog posts as much as we have enjoyed writing them. Our goal with these blog posts is to provide our readers with as much helpful information as possible for various medical conditions. At Personally Delivered, our team is committed to providing the very best service as a trusted home delivery medical supply company to help change lives and make life a little easier for you and your loved ones.

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Coloplast: Making life easier so you can be you!

Coloplast has been developing products and supplies for those with personal healthcare needs for over 60 years. Their products span from ostomy, continence care, urology, and skin and wound care. Coloplast’s mission is to produce these products to help make life easier so you can get out there and enjoy the activities you love most.

Coloplast Ostomy Products

Coloplast Sensura Mio Flip BarrierColoplast understands that life after ostomy surgery can be challenging to navigate. That’s why they work hard to develop innovative ostomy supplies based on honest customer feedback. Coloplast ostomy products and accessories are offered in various sizes, styles, and shapes to meet a broad range of needs.

We carry a wide selection of Coloplast ostomy supplies and accessories. When it comes to managing your output, controlling odors, and maintaining healthy peristomal skin, we have the Coloplast products for you.

If you would like advice on ostomy supplies that might help solve some of the most common issues with an ostomy, Coloplast offers easy and convenient Troubleshooter and BodyCheck Tools. They genuinely care about helping you find the right solutions to your specific concerns.

Coloplast Continence Care Products

Coloplast SpeediCath Flex Coudé Pro Pocket CatheterColoplast catheters for both men and women help address bladder and urinary system problems. Using a catheter that helps manage your symptoms while allowing you to continue participating in the activities you desire is the primary goal of Coloplast continence care products.

When it comes to discreetness, Coloplast delivers. Many of their female and male catheters are not only designed to be small and discreet but also convenient, less messy, and comfortable. The all-in-one SpeediCath Compact Sets for men and women feature an attached bag small enough to carry in your pocket or purse. These catheters are ready to use right out of the packaging and are a safe and convenient option for everyday use and traveling.

The SpeediCath Flex Coude Pro catheter for men is an excellent option that features a curved tip for easy navigation into the urethra. The easy-gripper dry sleeve makes the insertion process touch-free for maximum hygiene.

Conveen Security Plus Contoured Leg BagColoplast also offers a variety of urology supplies such as extension tubing, urinary leg and drainage bags, and leg bag straps and holders.

Coloplast Skin Care Products

Baza Clear Moisture Barrier OintmentOur skin is the largest organ of our bodies. Coloplast knows that healthy skin reflects a healthy body. For this reason, Coloplast skin and wound care products aim to protect sensitive and wounded skin from excess damage, infection, and further irritation. Coloplast skin care products cleanse, moisturize, and protect. These skin care products help treat conditions such as skin folds, dry skin, pressure ulcers, and incontinence-related skin issues like rashes and redness. We carry Coloplast barrier sprays, antiseptics, creams, ointments, and more.

Whether you are looking for quality ostomy supplies, continence care solutions, or premium skin care products, Coloplast has got you covered. Shop our store today. And if you need assistance finding the Coloplast products and supplies you are looking for, just ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable Product Experts today. They are glad to help!

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Tips for Common Ostomy Concerns

Having an ostomy can challenge a person’s lifestyle in a variety of ways. Any time we experience changes to what we are familiar with, daily life can become frustrating. Thankfully, there are helpful tips for many of the most common ostomy concerns to make managing life with an ostomy easier. With the right ostomy supplies, most people can live a comfortable and active life.

So, here are some of the most asked questions regarding common ostomy concerns, along with tips and answers that may be helpful.

Why isn’t my ostomy pouching system staying in place?

One of the most common reasons why an ostomy pouching system is not staying in place is due to an improperly fitting skin barrier. If the ostomy pouch doesn’t conform snugly to the peristomal skin, leakage is a risk.

Here are a few tips you might try to correct this common ostomy concern.

Make sure your skin barrier is the right fit.

There are many skin barriers available today that allow for a comfortable and snug fit around the stoma. There are convex skin barriers that curve outward toward the skin to create a better seal, and there are moldable skin barriers that allow a more personalized fit, requiring no cutting. Making sure your skin barrier is the right fit can help avoid a common ostomy concern of your pouch not staying in place as you move about throughout your day.

Make sure your skin is dry before applying your skin barrier.

When the skin is wet or moist, it can be more challenging to achieve a good seal. Without a tight seal, the risk of skin irritations and leaks increases. Ostomy supplies such as stoma powder can absorb moisture and keep the peristomal skin dry and protected.

Try using an ostomy belt or wrap.

Nu-Hope Original Flat Panel Ostomy Support Belt, 5 inches wide, beige, 3-1/4 inch center stoma opening for a 36 to 40 inch waistOstomy belts and wraps help to keep an ostomy pouching system securely in place. Many ostomy pouching systems feature belt tabs for support belts that are easily adjustable to fit all sizes.

Another type of ostomy belt or support wrap offered is wide enough to cover more area of the ostomy pouching system. This type of ostomy belt typically features either a Velcro closure or hook-and-loop closure that adjusts to get the desired fit. These support belts have a circular opening in a non-stretchable area of the belt for barrier and pouch support.

Bonus tip:

Make sure to empty your ostomy pouch before you head out, exercise, or engage in sexual activity. If the pouch is full, it can become heavy and pull away from the skin barrier, resulting in leaks, which is another common ostomy concern.

Why is my ostomy pouch filling up with gas so often?

When an ostomy pouch fills with gas or “wind,” it is usually due to the filter becoming blocked. Moisture can cause a blockage as well as stoma output. The pressure created from the ostomy pouch filling up with gas can be another reason the ostomy pouch is coming away from the body, resulting in leaks.

Here are a few tips that might help reduce the common ostomy concern of an ostomy pouch filling up with gas as often.

Consider using a ventilation accessory.

Many ostomy supplies can help control the buildup of gas in an ostomy pouch. A popular choice is the Osto-EZ-Vent device for any type of ostomy pouch. The Osto-EZ-Vent is an excellent alternative to burping or opening the bottom of an ostomy pouch to release the air. It is easy to install, works efficiently, lasts as long as the ostomy pouch is worn, and is not affected by water.

Try avoiding gas-inducing foods.

Spicy foods and some vegetables such as cabbage, corn, spinach, broccoli, and onions can produce more gas. Carbonated or fizzy beverages such as sodas, sparkling water, and beer are also more gaseous and should be avoided as much as possible. It is essential to include a variety of vegetables in your diet; however, taking smaller bites and chewing slowly can help reduce the amount of air ingested while eating.

Avoid chewing gum and smoking.

Chewing gum and smoking are two actions that increase the amount of air you ingest and can contribute to your ostomy pouch filling with gas more often. Avoiding these habits can help reduce gas buildup in your pouch.

How can I control embarrassing odors coming from my ostomy pouch?

Another common ostomy concern we hear a lot is that of an odor coming from the ostomy pouch. Odors coming from your ostomy pouch can be caused by burping your pouch to relieve excess gas, or they can be caused by leakage. We will discuss more about leakage later in this article and focus now on your options for controlling odors coming from a properly fitting ostomy pouching system.

Try a lubricating deodorant.

Ostomy lubricating deodorants help control smells in the ostomy pouch. This ostomy accessory can help neutralize odors as the ostomy pouch is emptied and keep output at the bottom of the ostomy pouch instead of gathering near the stoma.

Try using an ostomy pouch that features a filter.

By using an ostomy pouch that features a filter, odors caused by gas are neutralized. It is essential to keep an eye on the filter to avoid any blockage from output or water that could allow the ostomy pouching to lift and release odors, potentially leading to leakage.

Ostomy pouch filters are also sold as separate individual ostomy supplies aside from the pouch itself. The Coloplast Filtrodor Pouch Filter is charcoal-activated and self-seals to any ostomy pouch to protect against stoma output odors.

Consider using Diamonds Gelling and Odor Control Sachets.

Diamonds Gellng and Odor Control SachetsDiamonds Odor Control Sachets are dissolvable sachets that are designed as a single ostomy pouch treatment. One sachet is inserted through the drainage outlet or the wafer hole. Once the Diamonds sachet dissolves, liquid contents are solidified, reducing or eliminating gas and ballooning. Diamonds sachets are typically used at nighttime to help aid in a restful and uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Learn more about Diamonds Gelling and Odor Control Sachets by clicking here: Diamonds FAQs.

Why do I have a rash on the skin around my stoma?

Peristomal skin should be smooth and healthy, just like the rest of the skin on the body. Redness, rash, or other irritation is another common ostomy concern that should be addressed and treated immediately to lessen the worsening of the problem. Your skin rash or irritation could be due to the peristomal skin repeatedly being exposed to feces, urine, or other bodily fluids from a poor fitting ostomy pouching system. Or, the skin irritation could result from frequent pouch changes or sensitivity to the adhesives used in some ostomy supplies.

Here are a few tips for managing rashes, redness, and other peristomal skin irritations.

Check the fit of your skin barrier and ostomy pouch.

As we have mentioned a few times in this article, the proper snug fit of the skin barrier can prevent many common ostomy concerns. At the same time, if the ostomy pouch opening is too large for the skin barrier, fluids and waste will be allowed to contact the peristomal skin and not sufficiently drain. If adjustments are needed throughout the day, the skin will only become more irritated. The more your ostomy pouching system rubs against your skin, the more risk for trauma to the area. It may be helpful to check the size and shape of your stoma regularly to assure you have the correct fitting ostomy pouching system.

Consult with your doctor about the adhesives in the ostomy supplies you are using.

Doctor Discussing Medication with his patient as they sit next to one anotherSometimes, the adhesives used in the ostomy supplies you are using can contribute to the peristomal skin irritation you are experiencing. You might have a sensitivity to the adhesive, and your doctor may be able to confirm that by sharing what ostomy supplies you are using. A minor rash or irritation could become something of more concern if left untreated. A simple change of the ostomy supplies you are using could be the solution to maintaining healthy peristomal skin.

Assess any potential changes in your output.

Has there been a change in your output? Has your stool become more loose or watery? If so, try changing to a drainable pouch if you are using a closed-end pouch. You might be able to manage the frequency of changing your ostomy pouching system better. Fewer changes mean less skin irritation. A drainable ostomy pouch can stay in place as it is emptied. And, better yet, opting for a two-piece ostomy pouching system can allow the skin barrier to remain in place as the ostomy pouch is replaced. Your peristomal skin will stay healthier in the long run.

Help! I keep experiencing leakage with my ostomy pouching system. What can I do?

Leakages from your ostomy pouch can occur for a variety of reasons and this is one of the most common ostomy concerns. After stoma surgery, the abdominal shape changes for some time, affecting the stoma size. Checking your stoma regularly can help avoid improperly fitting skin barriers and ostomy pouches that can lead to leaks.

Here are a few tips for preventing leakage from your ostomy pouching system.

Try a convex or moldable skin barrier.

ConvaTec Natura Durahesive Moldable Ostomy BarrierAs mentioned previously in this article, a convex skin barrier can help create a better seal to prevent leaks. If there has been a change in the protrusion of your stoma or the peristomal skin is irregular, using a convex skin barrier might be beneficial. A moldable skin barrier is made of creates a secure seal around the stoma that doesn’t require the use of any scissors.

Monitor for changes in your output.

A change in your output can also cause concerns with leakage. Stoma output that has become loose or watery can often be the precursor to leakage from your ostomy pouching system. The moisture and wetness that builds up between the peristomal skin and the barrier can lead to skin irritation and soreness.

Try applying a secondary adhesive.

Another option to keep your ostomy pouching system from leaking would be to apply a secondary adhesive. Hy-Tape is a popular choice to add as a second layer of protection from leakage. Hy-Tape is a thin, latex-free, waterproof, and conforming adhesive that makes it easier to create a seal around the skin barrier. This secondary adhesive is an excellent solution for sensitive skin or those who have irritation surrounding the stoma. Hy-Tape holds firm but releases gently without becoming stickier as body temperature rises. Peristomal skin is left intact and healthy due to the zinc-oxide-based formula.

What pouching options do I have if discreetness is my concern?

As we have learned, when an ostomy pouch fills with gas or wind, it will become more apparent underneath clothing as it starts to balloon. Using a pouch that features a filter or an ostomy accessory such as a ventilation device, this gas can be released, and the ostomy pouch will deflate.

There are a few tips when discreetness is of concern.

Try emptying your pouch more often.

Securi-T Two-Piece Drainable Pouch with FilterAn ostomy pouch full of output will bulge more and be less discreet. By keeping an eye on the ostomy pouch contents, you can drain the output and keep a flatter pouch. There are transparent drainable ostomy pouches such as the Hollister Securi-T Two-Piece Drainable Pouch. Not only is this ostomy pouch transparent for viewing contents, it is drainable, features a filter to deodorize gas, but it is part of a two-piece system that offers stoma protection by reducing pouch changes.

Consider the color of the ostomy pouch film.

Nowadays, ostomy pouches are made in a variety of pouch film options. You might consider a beige or opaque film that can offer more discreetness than a transparent or clear ostomy pouch. The beige color matches the skin more closely and can help conceal the contents of the pouch more easily. However, it is essential to note that monitoring the output in a beige or opaque ostomy pouch is more difficult than a transparent or clear one.

Consider a stoma cap if you have mastered managing your output.

If you have predictable and relatively infrequent bowel movements, a stoma cap may be an option for you. A stoma cap is the smallest of all ostomy pouch options. It is approximately 3-4 inches across and the most discreet pouching option available. Stoma caps are a popular choice when participating in activities such as swimming, working out, playing sports, intimacy, or irrigation. These ostomy supplies are not recommended for those with ileostomies or unpredictable output as they are not ideal for more significant amounts of liquid or formed stool.

You can learn more about stoma caps, their uses, and if they might be the right choice for you in our A Stoma Cap and its Many Uses blog post.

These are only a handful of the common ostomy concerns that ostomates experience. Hopefully, we have provided some valuable tips for some of the most common concerns we have heard. If you are experiencing these or other problems with your ostomy, first consult with your doctor. Then, we can help you find the products recommended or provide additional suggestions based on your doctor’s findings. Our Product Experts are here to assist and help make your life a little easier.

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How Ostomy Supplies Have Improved Over the Years

Experiencing challenges with ostomy supplies is quite common among those with an ostomy. Some of those challenges can include skin irritations, leakage, and odors. Over the years, ostomy supplies have been invented in an attempt to address these complications. Today, ostomy supplies are better quality, safer, and most importantly, help improve quality of life.

What is an Ostomy Pouching System?

The ostomy pouching system is offered as either a one-piece or a two-piece flexible system consisting of an ostomy pouch and a skin barrier, sometimes referred to as a flange, wafer, device, or appliance. The skin barrier sits against the skin that surrounds the stoma and may be flat or convex (curved). A one-piece system combines both the barrier and pouch into one convenient unit. The entire one-piece system requires replacement when changing out since the skin barrier and pouch are attached. The two-piece system, however, is made up of a separate skin barrier and ostomy pouch. The two pieces are connected using a coupling ring, and when changing out, the existing pouch is removed, and a new one is attached while the skin barrier remains in place.

The Beginnings of Ostomy Systems

Hollister Karaya PowderIt is recorded as the year 1706 that the first stoma was created on a patient that resulted in a prolapsed colostomy from a battlefield wound. Later in 1776, a French physician formed a stoma on a patient that suffered from an intestinal blockage. An elastic band held a sponge over the stoma site on the abdomen to collect output. Then, for many years, stoma output was managed by ostomy supplies made of leather pouches with drawstrings or rubber pouches and plastic skin barriers held in place using adhesives and belts.

Over the next 60 years, ostomy supplies, surgical techniques, and patient care evolved.  There were approximately 25 manufacturers of ostomy supplies by 1960 in the United States. Ostomy pouch materials were being tested to take away the bulk and heaviness of the rubber pouches being used. The result was a thinner plastic film that was more simple and functional. There are many ostomy pouches today that are constructed of quieter, water-repellent materials and help control odors.

When it came to ostomy, skin barriers, glass, and porcelain were used first. Then in the 1950s, zinc-based skin barriers were used to help protect the stoma and promote peristomal skin health. Later in the 1960s, a laboratory accident led to the discovery of Karaya powder, a natural hydrocolloid that absorbs moisture and protects peristomal skin under the barrier. Nowadays, skin barriers made of hydrocolloid material have become popular and used in most ostomy systems. Hydrocolloid skin barriers can help reduce skin irritation, offer a better seal for fewer leaks, and allow for a longer wear time.

Manufacturer's Focus Today

Today, many manufacturers focus more on the patient’s needs and create ostomy supplies with features that can help improve the fit and performance as well as the user’s quality of life.

Ostomy supplies today address various stoma types, such as retracted or recessed, protruding, or flush. Ostomy supplies such as deodorants, belts and wraps, filters, and seals have come a long way to help prevent leaks, odors, and security. And, the wide range of ostomy pouches that are now available address nearly every type of body type and lifestyle.

Ostomy Pouches Today

Fast-forward to the present, and you will find ostomy supplies that cover almost every concern those with an ostomy might encounter. There are ostomy pouches made of water-repellent, noise-reducing materials, films that help control odors, and many that feature filters to reduce ballooning from gas.

One-Piece Ostomy Systems

A one-piece ostomy system is a pouch and skin barrier combined into one single system. The skin barrier and the ostomy pouch cannot be separated. Manufacturers like Hollister, Coloplast, and ConvaTec, to name a few, carry a wide range of one-piece ostomy systems that cover a variety of user needs.

Two-Piece Ostomy Systems

Unlike the one-piece ostomy system, the two-piece ostomy system offers more flexibility when choosing a pouch and separate barrier since they are not permanently connected. When emptying or changing out the pouch, the skin barrier can remain in place, offering a quick and easy replacement. The two-piece ostomy system also puts less stress on the peristomal skin since the barrier is not being removed as frequently, causing skin friction and irritations.

ConvaTec Esteem one-piece ostomy pouch with barrierDrainable Ostomy Pouches

A drainable ostomy pouch allows the user to drain or clean and reattach to the skin barrier. Drainable pouches typically feature an EasiClose or InvisiClose style closure that uses Velcro to re-close the end. They can also feature other types of seals, such as a clamp or press and seal style. The drainable and reusable ostomy pouches can help cut down on costs since they can be reused.

ConvaTec Esteem one-piece moldable pouchClosed-End Ostomy Pouches

A closed-end ostomy pouch requires it to be discarded after it is full from output. The closed-end pouch might be a good choice for someone that doesn’t want to clean out their pouch. Offered in various shapes and sizes, a closed-end pouch can minimize the time and effort required for change-outs.

activelife stoma capStoma Caps

A stoma cap is the smallest ostomy pouch offered and is another type of closed-end system. The stoma cap is usually the choice for those with very active lifestyles, when being intimate, or for someone that has mastered irrigating their ostomy and has predictable output. Stoma caps are not meant to be worn for long periods since they do not have the capacity of a standard ostomy pouch.

Skin Barriers Today

Today, skin barriers are thinner and much more flexible than those of the past. Many skin barriers are designed to stick to the skin, have integrated closures, are more comfortable, and prevent leaks. Skin barriers are also designed for specific stoma types.

Flat Skin Barriers

If your stoma protrudes, you have deep abdominal creases, or a hernia, a flat skin barrier may be a good fit for you. A flat skin barrier is flexible and accommodates the body’s natural contours. An ostomy paste can fill any creases and create a smooth surface for the flat barrier to adhere nicely.

ConvaTec Natura Durahesive Accordion Trim-to-Fit Skin Barrier with ConvexityConvex Skin Barriers

If your stoma does not protrude, is flush with the abdomen, or is retracted slightly below the skin’s surface, a convex skin barrier may be the right choice for you. Flush and recessed or retracted stomas achieve a more significant protrusion using a convex skin barrier that applies gentle pressure around the stoma to increase protrusion.

Extended Wear Skin Barriers

Generally speaking, standard skin barriers have a shorter wear-time due to less resistance to liquid stool and urine. Standard wear skin barriers do not hold up to lengthy exposure to stool and urine and cause skin irritations because of frequent changes. An extended wear skin barrier, on the other hand, is formulated with substances that have a greater resistance to feces and urine. These substances absorb moisture causing the barrier to swell up around the stoma. Peristomal skin is protected with an extended wear skin barrier and helps reduce skin irritations.

Pre-cut Skin Barriers

If your stoma is round and the size is not changing, a pre-cut skin barrier may suit you. Pre-cut skin barriers offer a consistent stoma opening that doesn’t require cutting with ostomy scissors for an exact fit.

Cut-to-Fit Skin Barriers

If the size of your stoma is oval or changing dimensions, using a cut-to-fit style skin barrier might be a good choice. Since your stoma is an irregular shape and size, a pre-but skin barrier will not provide the tight seal needed to prevent leaks and potential skin irritations.

Moldable Skin Barriers

Moldable skin barriers offer the same benefit as a cut-to-fit skin barrier, but with some added features. Moldable skin barriers don’t require any scissors, resulting in an elastic seal that fits any stoma shape and size for a secure and snug fit. This technology helps prevent leakage issues, but it has also been an excellent skin barrier option to promote skin health.

Ostomy Accessories Today

Many ostomy accessories are available today that help make ostomy systems more comfortable depending on various needs.

Coloplast Brava Lubricating DeodorantOstomy Deodorants

To keep an ostomy pouch smelling fresh and help kill odor-producing bacteria, ostomy deodorants can be used. The deodorants come in liquid drops, gels, sachets, or sprays and can be unscented or scented. When adding ostomy deodorants to a closed-end ostomy pouch, odors can be reduced when changing out the system. Some gel ostomy deodorants can also help make cleaning a drainable pouch easier by lubricating the pouch and eliminating odors left behind.

Adhesives & Adhesive Removers

One type of popular adhesive used for ostomy skin barriers is ostomy paste. This type of adhesive is used to fill in cracks and even out the skin’s contour so the skin barrier can have a better seal. The skin barrier will not stay in place when the skin’s surface is not smooth and flat. By using stoma paste, a reliable and strong seal is created that helps prevent leakage. Other adhesives are offered in the form of sprays, liquids, and roller ball applicators.

Once using an ostomy adhesive, an adhesive remover can gently break down the adhesive on the skin and the barrier. Many ostomy removers are sting-free and help to preserve the health of the delicate peristomal skin. Adhesive removers are available in the form of wipes and sprays to help remove rubber-based, acrylic-based, and hydrocolloid-based residues.

Hollister Adapt Stoma PowderOstomy Powders

Ostomy powders work by absorbing moisture around the stoma to better seal a skin barrier. The powder will turn into a gel when wet but does not contain any adhesive. Ostomy powders are meant to be used only on raw or weepy peristomal skin to help protect the skin from further irritations and extend the wear time of an ostomy skin barrier.

Barrier Wipes & Sprays

Barrier wipes and sprays help reduce skin irritation from adhesives and friction by creating a protective chemical film on the peristomal skin. Barrier wipes and sprays are easy to use and can be combined with stoma powder to better seal the skin barrier. Simply apply the stoma powder and then top with a barrier spray and allow to dry.

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An ostomy belt is useful for securing an ostomy system to the body, protecting the seal, and preventing leaks. Ostomy belts and wraps are available in various styles and sizes to match any situation and can be an alternative to adhesives for sensitive skin. Those who lead active lifestyles can benefit from an ostomy belt since it can provide a sense of security when moving, twisting, and turning.

Ostomy Strips

The use of ostomy strips prevents the skin barrier from lifting and rolling, causing an insecure seal and leakage. Ostomy strips follow the body’s contours and move with the skin, creating a better sense of security and peace of mind that your barrier will stay in place during various activities. ConvaTec easeStrips are a popular ostomy strip that are flexible, thin, and made of hydrocolloid material to be skin-friendly and water-resistant.

Ostomy supplies offered today have made the ostomy system lighter weight, lower profile for comfort, and more discreet for confidence. At the end of the day, the goal is for those with an ostomy to get back to doing the things they enjoy most in life.

If you have any questions about the many ostomy supplies we offer at Personally Delivered, give us a call. Our Ostomy Product Experts are available to help you narrow down and choose what ostomy supplies are suitable for your specific needs or the person you are caring for. We are helping change people’s lives, one person at a time.

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Tips for Adjusting to Life After Ostomy Surgery

Discovering that you need ostomy surgery can be frightening and stressful. Having some research under your belt and having the right ostomy supplies for your stoma type and lifestyle can make a significant difference in the quality of your life. We’ve made it easy for you by providing helpful information, product recommendations, and tips to help navigate your journey with an ostomy. Ostomies are lifesavers, so we hope we can be a part of helping you live your best life.

Why Ostomy Surgery May Be Needed

When the urinary or digestive system is malfunctioning, a temporary or permanent ostomy may be needed to allow urine or stool to exit the body through an alternate route. The surgeon will take a piece of either the ureter, small intestine (ilea), or large intestine (colon) and form a new opening on the abdomen (stoma), diverting urine or feces into an ostomy pouch.

There are various medical conditions such as bladder cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and urinary or stool incontinence, to name a few, that may result in ostomy surgery. There are three types of ostomy surgeries. Some of the different causes for the type of ostomy surgery needed are:

Causes for a colostomy

  • Rectal or colon cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Stool incontinence
  • After an operation to allow the large intestine to heal (temporary)

Causes for an ileostomy

  • Chrohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • When the large intestine is damaged or removed due to cancer or injury
  • After an operation to allow the large intestine to heal (temporary)

Causes for a urostomy

  • Bladder removal due to injury or bladder cancer
  • Severe kidney disease
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Surgical complications from abdominal or pelvic surgery

Ostomy Supplies Needed After Ostomy Surgery

Depending on the type of ostomy surgery you have, there are a wide variety of supplies that you will need to keep your perineal skin healthy and remain comfortable. Aside from the ostomy pouching system consisting of a pouch and skin barrier, other ostomy supplies can make life with an ostomy more manageable.

Know that you have choices when it comes to your ostomy supplies. You may have been sent home with a specific style of pouching system, but you are not bound to those ostomy products. Ostomy pouches and supplies have come a long way from the 1920s. Your stoma size and shape will change over time, and that means you will require different ostomy supplies.

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What to Eat and Drink After Ostomy Surgery

Discuss food preferences and dietary restrictions with your surgeon before discharge from the hospital after ostomy surgery. It may take some time to regain your appetite after ostomy surgery since your gut will need to recover from the trauma. Some foods and beverages may affect your digestive tract differently than before, causing you to produce excess gas, diarrhea, urine odor, or constipation. It may be helpful to introduce foods and beverages slowly to determine how they will affect you.

Tips for reintroducing foods and beverages after ostomy surgery:

  • Eat small meals throughout the day
  • Chewing all foods thoroughly and slowly will aid digestion
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit bowel stimulants for a bit, including coffee, fruit, cereals, and alcohol
  • Avoid fizzy drinks that may cause diarrhea and gas

Once your appetite has returned and your stoma output has become more regular, introducing more vegetables, fruits, proteins, dairy, and grains will help with a balanced diet.

When to Resume Activities After Ostomy Surgery

Once you’ve healed from ostomy surgery, your healthcare professional will let you know if you’re ready to start getting active again. Even when living with an ostomy, you can still participate in many sports, including swimming. Many water-resistant ostomy supplies such as Convatec ease strips can help keep the skin barrier in place for added security.

Again, check with your doctor before attempting to resume physical activity, especially sports or strenuous activities like lifting weights. However, once you’ve healed and gotten clearance from your healthcare professional, an ostomy accessory such as an abdominal ostomy support belt may be recommended to help keep your ostomy pouch secure.

Contact sports such as wrestling, boxing, and football should be avoided because of possible injury to the stoma. Make sure to check with your doctor or nurse before attempting these activities.

What about being intimate?

Ostomy surgery changes your body and may affect how sensitive you might feel about being intimate with your partner. Just because you have an ostomy, it doesn’t mean that your sex life has to come to an end. Maintaining meaningful and fulfilling intimate encounters can still be part of you and your life.

Ostomy supplies such as a stoma cap allow for a more discreet feel that is also less prone to getting in the way or caught on fabric. Convatec has provided some helpful intimacy tips for those with an ostomy here.

Traveling After Ostomy Surgery

You can most definitely travel after healing from your ostomy surgery. The key is to prepare yourself with enough ostomy supplies. If you are traveling by car, plan your route ahead of time, so you know where there are accessible restrooms along the way. If you travel by air, try seating yourself in an exit aisle and close to the bathroom. You will avoid having to maneuver around other passengers and gain access to the facilities quicker.

various products recommended to keep as an ostomy emergency kitMake sure to pack these suggested ostomy supplies when traveling:

It would be wise to double up on everything in the event you get caught in traffic, or your flight is delayed. When traveling by plane, remember to take all of your ostomy supplies with you in your carry-on bag. You will then have full access when you need them most.

Where to Purchase Ostomy Supplies

With the right ostomy supplies and products, you can get back to living the life you enjoy. At Personally Delivered, we offer high-quality, affordable ostomy supplies from respected and trustworthy manufacturers like Convatec, Coloplast, Hollister, and more. With guidance from our knowledgeable and compassionate team of Product Advisors, you will be adjusting to life with an ostomy in no time.

We are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm EST at 800-777-1111, or you can email us at any time.

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Caring for Peristomal Skin

Are you or someone you care for living with an ostomy and experiencing problems with the skin around the stoma? For those with an ostomy, peristomal skin damage is fairly common. However, it doesn’t have to become normal for you. First, you may want to identify the potential cause of the issue, which is an important part of figuring out how to treat your skin irritation. Next, consider taking several measures to avoid future damage to this sensitive area.

Causes Related to Peristomal Skin Damage

Incorrect Size or Shape of Skin Barrier

Getting the right skin barrier for your unique body may help reduce the risk of leakage and skin damage from stomal output. For example, skin folds or creases can make it difficult for the ostomy skin barrier to securely stick to the abdomen. An improper skin barrier fit can result in leakage, which may cause the skin to become irritated and begin breaking down. If your stoma is retracted or flush with your skin, you may want to consider a convex skin barrier.

ConvaTec’s SUR-FIT Natura Moldable Skin Barrier provides a personalized, custom fit around the stoma to help protect the peristomal skin. They are available in both flat and convex options.

Sure-Fit Natura moldable skin barrierIn addition to skin folds and stoma protection, the size of the stoma is an important factor in getting the right fit for your ostomy skin barrier. Ensuring that the barrier is the proper size may help prevent leakage. 1-2mm larger than the stoma is suggested for a close fit. The ConvaTec Natura Durahesive Accordion Trim-to-Fit Skin Barrier with Convexity features an easy cut-to-fit option for those needing a skin barrier with convexity and for use for those with a retracted stoma.

Frequent Applications and Removals

Continuous application and removal of skin barriers can really irritate the peristomal skin causing it to become extra-sensitive. The top layers of the skin can be stripped away, which can result in weepy, sore skin around your stoma. In order to address issues like this, ConvaTec created the Sensi-Care line of peristomal skin care products. These products work to protect skin from damage caused by adhesives and are great for using every day with no residue build-up or bonding to skin folds.

ostomy beltToo Much Pressure Around the Stoma

When there is constant pressure at the stoma site, the skin may react unfavorably. Certain types of clothing or an ostomy belt that is too tight can irritate the peristomal skin by putting too much pressure on the site. Choosing the right ostomy appliance belt can provide an added sense of security when stabilizing an ostomy pouch. You want it to fit securely, of course, but make sure it is soft and comfortably adjusted as to not put too much pressure at the site.

Questions to Ask Yourself

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Peristomal skin should look similar to the rest of the skin on the body. Slight redness in this area is normal due to the adhesive used on the barrier. However, any type of discomfort experienced could be a sign that the peristomal skin may be unhealthy. Asking yourself a few questions may help determine if there is more than meets the eye.

  1. Is the skin around your stoma itchy?
  2. Is the skin around your stoma blistered or inflamed?
  3. Does the skin around your stoma feel or appear as though it is wet?

Ask yourself these questions and then consult with your doctor or a WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, & Incontinence Nurse) about steps you can take to manage your peristomal skin issue.

Preventive Steps to Take

Sensi-Care sting-free skin barrier wipesBy maintaining a good skin care routine, you can help prevent peristomal skin irritations from forming. These are some simple steps you can take:

  • Routinely change your pouch.
  • Use an adhesive remover to gently remove your skin barrier and any additional adhesive residues left behind.
  • Use oil-free and alcohol-free products to reduce irritation when cleaning the skin around the stoma.
  • Make sure your skin is completely dry before applying the next ostomy bag.
  • Look closely at your peristomal skin each time you change out the barrier.
  • Use a barrier foam or spray to protect the skin.
  • Make sure the hole cut in the barrier is the correct size for your stoma.
  • Ensure the barrier is secure with no gaps or folds to prevent leakage.

Peristomal skin should be healthy skin. Even the mildest irritation should be taken seriously and is worth getting advice from your doctor. Most of the time, solving the skin issue can be as simple as changing to a different product, altering your routine, or taking additional steps to rectify the problem.

For any questions about the products we carry or if you need help choosing the right barrier, belt, or bag, we are just a phone call away. Our Personally Delivered Product Experts will be happy to help you find exactly what you need.

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Diet Tips After Ostomy Surgery

Are you nervous about what you can eat after having ostomy surgery? Are you wondering if there are certain foods you should avoid? Are there any dietary restrictions that you should follow? We have a few diet tips and suggestions for you here to help clear up any worries.

Diet Tips for the 3 Types of Stomas

A stoma is an opening on the abdomen that is attached to your urinary or digestive tract to allow waste to be redirected out of the body. There are 3 main types of stomas: colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy. Here are a few suggestions about your diet after each type of ostomy surgery.

Colostomy Diet Tips

When part of the colon is affected by a disease or if it is not working properly, a colostomy may be performed. The large intestine is disconnected from the rectum and rerouted to the abdominal wall as a new opening, called a stoma. A colostomy pouch is then attached to the stoma and is used to collect output which is then disposed of. A colostomy can be temporary to give the colon rest after surgery or it can be permanent if the person suffers from a disease such as cancer.

After a colostomy, a person may be more likely to become constipated. It is important to drink plenty of fluids such as water throughout the day to avoid constipation. Eating slowly and thoroughly chewing food will help with digestion and exercising regularly may keep you on a regular schedule. With a colostomy, there aren’t any dietary restrictions, but you may be more sensitive to foods right after surgery. It is recommended to try new foods in small portions to see if they affect you. Keeping a food journal will help you find if anythng doesn’t agree with you. Maintaining a healthy diet is always a good habit.

Ileostomy Diet Tips

person pouring water into a glass from a stainless steel pitcherWhen an ileostomy is performed, the lowest part of the small intestine is disconnected from the large intestine and rerouted to the abdominal wall to form a stoma. This procedure can also be temporary when surgery was performed on part of the large intestine and this allows it to rest for a bit. An ileostomy may be permanent if the large intestine and rectum have been removed due to disease.

With an ileostomy, intake of more fluids than normal is very important. Normally, the stool thickens as it passes through the large intestine since this is where fiber is digested. In this case, the small intestine is doing all the work, so the output will be less solid. It is also important to limit foods high in fiber to avoid blockage since the large intestine is missing from the digestive process. Chewing your food well and sticking to small frequent meals throughout the day can also help to regulate the function of your stoma and result in less frequent changes of your ileostomy pouch.

Urostomy Diet Tips

cranberry juice sitting in a bed of cranberries in a wooden boxWhen a person has bladder cancer, a birth defect, or a serious spinal cord injury, a urostomy may be necessary due to the bladder either not functioning normally or having to be removed. The ureters are detached from the bladder and then reattached to a small piece of the bowel that has been removed. That piece of the bowel is then attached to the abdominal wall that redirects urine from the kidneys and into a bag.

As with the other 2 types of ostomy surgeries, it is important to get the necessary fluids to avoid the risk of a urinary tract or kidney infection. Continuously flushing the urinary system by taking in enough water, eating foods high in Vitamin C, and drinking cranberry juice can help. Studies have shown that cranberry juice works to fight against bacterial growth and has been effective in preventing urinary tract infections.

As you can see, after ostomy surgery there really aren’t that many specific changes you’ll need to make. To sum it up, the main suggestions that are common for all types of stoma surgeries are:

  1. Intake plenty of fluids.
  2. Chew your food well.
  3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.

Keep an eye on certain foods and beverages that may produce changes to the output or health of your stoma and always consult your doctor about any concerns.

For any questions about the ostomy products we carry for these types of ostomy surgeries, please give us a call and one of our Product Experts will be happy to discuss the options we offer.

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The Esteem+ Soft Convex by Convatec

Are you looking for an ostomy pouch that is less visible under your clothing? Do you have skin folds and creases that make your pouch difficult to place? Are you worried about leaking and odors with your ostomy pouching system? With Convatec’s newest addition to its line of one-piece convex ostomy pouching system line, the Esteem+ Soft Convex can make these concerns of the past.

The Esteem+ Soft Convex

The latest addition to Convatec’s range of one-piece ostomy solutions is the Esteem+ Soft Convex system. Convatec listened to the concerns of many ostomy pouching system users and addressed all of them with their newest design in the Convatec ostomy supply lineup. The one-piece system is often a preference because of its discreet lower profile under clothing. The pouch and wafer/flange are also unable to be separated, so the one-piece option provides a greater sense of security. Let’s discuss how the Esteem+ Soft Convex has become the ostomy pouching system of choice for many across the nation.

What Makes The Esteem+ Soft Convex so Different?

A More Manageable System

Esteem+ Soft Convex Ostomy PouchAs we mentioned, the one-piece ostomy systems are a preferred choice because of their low-profile and added security features. Some other features that make the Esteem+ Soft Convex a preferred choice are:

  • A split-fabric, easy-view window for accurate placement and viewing of the stoma and output.
  • An integrated filter gives the user reassurance that there will not be any ballooning as it also helps to minimize odors.
  • The Safe Seal Clipless closure makes this pouching system easy to empty and clean.
  • Belt tabs are included for attaching an ostomy belt, if preferred, for added security.

A More Diverse System

The Esteem+ Soft Convex was made for those with many different ostomy and stoma types. No matter which of the following you have, this pouching system can be the solution:

  • Ileostomy – small intestine connected to the abdominal wall
  • Colostomy – colon connected to the abdominal wall
  • Flush Stoma – stoma is level with the skin
  • Retracted Stoma – stoma is sunken or dips below the skin level

A More Compatible System

If you have skin folds or creases, it can be difficult to precisely place a standard flat ostomy skin barrier and feel confident that there will not be any leakage of fluids or odors. With the Esteem+ Soft Convex pouching system, the convex skin barrier curves toward the skin to help improve the projection of the stoma for optimal drainage. Previous barriers and baseplates did not offer a cut-to-fit design that are both flexible and have shallow convexity. With three distinct plateau sizes below, this one-piece drainable ostomy pouch can fit with almost any body type for a more comfortable wear.

  1. V1 – 3/4 – 1-7/8″W (20-47mm) – Item# 422363
  2. V2 – 3/5 – 1-3/5″W (15-40mm) – Item# 422364
  3. V3 – (3/8 – 1-1/8″W (10-28mm) – Item# 422365

A More Protective System

Peristomal skin can become very irritated when an ostomy pouching system does not fit securely and conform to various body and stoma types. The flexibility and softness of the Esteem+ Soft Convex system makes it a more comfortable and secure choice, eliminating the costs associated with the use of stoma skin treatment and protective products. Because this pouching system is body-conforming, leaking is less likely, which reduces skin breakdown and makes it a more skin-friendly option.

At Personally Delivered, we proudly carry the Esteem+ Soft Convex and an extensive line of other Convatec ostomy supplies. If you have any questions about any of the ostomy products we carry, give us a call, and one of our Product Experts would be happy to help.

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