Ostomy belts are an accessory and can add a sense of security for an ostomy pouching system. Ostomy belts are made of elastic and should fit snug, but not too tight as to potentially cause skin irritations. Because the size and characteristics of stomas can vary from person to person, an ostomy belt can be very handy. For example, if the stoma protrudes or if there are dips or folds in the skin around the stoma, the pouching system may not be as secure as desired. The skin barrier may lift and leakage could occur. In instances such as these, an ostomy belt can help pull the ostomy system toward the skin, increasing the tension on the flange. This tension might help to flatten skin folds and prevent leakage under the skin barrier. Those that lead an active lifestyle may also benefit from an ostomy belt due to frequent movement. The ostomy belt will provide added security.
When determining whether or not an ostomy belt is needed, it is important to know that not all ostomy pouching systems are made to accommodate one. Ostomy pouching systems that are made for an ostomy belt feature tabs the belt will attach to. Some manufacturers like ConvaTec and Hollister place these tabs on the pouch itself, while Coloplast places their tabs on the flange.
Available in a variety of styles and sizes, we are sure to have the ostomy belt that suits your needs. If you have any questions about these or any of the other home delivery medical supplies we carry, one of our Personally Delivered Product Experts will be happy to talk to you. We are just a phone call away!