There are hundreds of different sizes and types of ostomy pouching systems. Finding a system your comfortable with should be at the top of your list. Thankfully, manufacturers will send you free samples! If you're unsure about what samples to request, ask your Ostomy Nurse or call the manufacturer directly. They have staff available to help you find a system that works for you.
Convatec 800-422-8811 http://convatec.com
Coloplast 800-726-7872 http://coloplast.com
Hollister 800-323-4060 http://Hollister.com
Ostomy Supplies for the Uninsured or Under Insured
Osto Group provides ostomy supplies to people in need. The supplies are free. The customer pays only for the shipping. Osto Group accepts donations of unused ostomy supplies. Send your donations to Osto Group 3500 45th street Suite 16A West Palm Beach, FL 33407
United Ostomy Association of America.
There are over 300 Affiliated Support Groups across America, most of whom have donated supplies for the under insured. http://www.ostomy.org
Help & Information
UOAA (United Ostomy Association of America)
United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) promotes quality of life for people living with ostomies and continent diversions through information, support, advocacy and collaboration.
This national organization is dedicated to equipping you with the knowledge, support and information you need to live successfully with an ostomy. Find an affiliated group near you. Check out their free new patient guide. Sign up for the Phoenix magazine. Attend one of their conferences. Whatever you do, take time to check out their website.
Ostomy Nurse Services
Specialty nurses called WOCN's (Wound Ostomy Continent Nurses) know everything there is to know about ostomy surgeries and stomas, wafers, pouches and skin issues. They're problem solvers, innovators, cheerleaders and seriously the most helpful thing on two legs!
There's a WOCN at your fingertips in the privacy of your own home. Cosrtrata has experienced, board certified wound care clinicians who work with healthcare providers, payers, and patients to provide best in class wound care at a lower cost.
Bet you didn't know there are all kinds of ostomy accessories!!
Underwear & Intimacy
Ostomy Secrets http://www.ostomysecrets.com
Underware and wraps for both men and women with ostomies. These beautifully constructed undergarments have a built in hidden pocket for your ostomy pouch. The wraps are perfect for sleeping or intimacy.
Stoma Dome http://stomadome.com
I live in southern California and occasionally I like to surf or boogie board. This type of rough and tumble activity requires a little extra protection for my stoma, so I wear a stoma guard. This keeps my stoma safe from getting bumped, bruised or scraped. There are several out on the market, buy my favorite is the Stoma Dome. It's simple design doesn't require any belts or contraptions and it has a nearly undetectable profile. You can purchase it from their website and it is also available on Amazon.