Ostomy Supply Store - Ostomy Supplies at Discount
Ostomy Supplies allow ostomy patients to continue to live healthy and productive lives. Vitality Medical carries a huge selection of ostomy appliances and products from the top manufacturers of ostomy supplies, including Hollister, Convatec, Covidien, Coloplast, Bard, Smith & Nephew, Marlen and so many others. We carry ostomy bags, skin barriers, adhesives, ostomy pastes, deodorizers and moisture barriers. To help you transition into your life with a colostomy bag, it is important that you understand why having colostomy surgery is so important. There are numerous tips for living with an ostomy that can help you effectively manage your ostomy to achieve a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.
Vitality Medical offers a vast selection of ostomy supplies for people who have iliostomy, colostomy, and urostomy stomas and need tools for discharge collection, skin protection, and maintaining daily digestive health. Top manufactures are chosen for their high quality, diverse kinds of ostomy pouches, with a number of specific features that include pouch vents and filters, drain openings, and easy-attach flanges. Whether you need a 1 piece ostomy pouch or 2 piece ostomy bag, there is bound to be the right shape and style type as the choices are plentiful. And for those who use 2 piece ostomy systems, most pouches come with their corresponding ostomy barrier, but at the same time are also offered separately, along with many other ostomy supplies.
Within the Ostomy Supplies catalog, you will find many fine accessories also made by top ostomy product manufacturers. Some of these ostomy supplies include deodorizers, ostomy paste, and ostomy powders to prevent skin irritation, a tight stoma seal, and to keep odors from being detected. These are all valuable tools for those who use colostomy, urostomy, or colostomy bags. Many ostomy bags offer specific accessories to help apply the pouch system, including such products like stoma adhesive, or an ostomy belt, as well as cut-to-fit patterns to help shape the wafer barrier for uniquely shaped stomas. There are also irrigation systems that are especially useful for colostomy bag wearers. These specific supplies are often hard to find for some pouch wearers and Vitality Medical strives to have the best and most available selection anywhere and will prove to be a valuable resource for all types of ostomy users.
Ostomy Pouch Patient Applications
- Ostomy Pouch Applications: attaching to a stoma opening, for external waste elimination, a space to accommodate or take place of a section of the bowel.
- Use Ostomy Care Accessories for: keeping the ostomy pouch shut with a clamp, as a skin barrier using a wafer, deodorizing any odors from the pouch with a spray.
Living with an ostomy does not have to be an intimidating experience! To help you transition into your life with a colostomy bag, it is important that you understand why having colostomy surgery is so important, advice for living with a stoma post-surgery and what to expect in your future.
The Importance of Colostomy Surgery
Many people have lost the normal function of their bladder or bowel due to disease, birth defects, injury or similar situations. When this happens, it is pertinent that he or she undergoes an ostomy surgery to help restore the normal function of the bladder or bowel. Ostomy surgeries are divided into the following categories:
- Colostomy Surgery: Colostomy surgery is intended to divert waste from your digestive system through the stoma (a small opening on the exterior of the abdomen). During a colostomy, a piece of the colon is diverted to an artificial opening in the abdominal wall to bypass the damaged part of the colon.
- Ileostomy Surgery: An ileostomy is a stoma in the small intenstine. The ileum contains digestive enzymes and acids that can contribute to skin irritation. Due to this, extra care is required to prevent waste materials from coming into contact with the outer skin on the abdomen.
- Urostomy Surgery: Urostomy surgery is a type of surgery that helps encourage the healthy flow of urine from the body following the removal of a diseased or damaged part of the urinary tract. A urostomy effectively moves urine into a pouch or collection device that can be easily cleaned, emptied and replaced as needed. Urostomy pouches contain a drainage tap at the bottom of the pouch to allow patients to empty the contents at their convenience.
What Does an Ostomy Surgery Entail?
An ostomy surgery effectively allows for normal body wastes to leave through a surgical opening in the abdominal wall called a stoma. Depending on the type of surgery performed, this stoma may be temporary or permanent. If you undergo ostomy surgery, you will be required to wear a special appliance (known as an ostomy pouch) to cover the stoma and to collect the output of the stoma (waste products).
Depending on the severity of your condition, ostomy surgery may be performed a few days after your initial diagnosis. Before you undergo surgery, your bowels will need to be completely cleaned out. After this is performed, an enterostomal therapy (ET) nurse will speak with you, your family and/or supportive friends to provide you with all of the information you will need concerning your upcoming surgery and post-operative care.
Daily Life and Stoma Care
Although most colostomy appliances are two-piece systems that contain a flange, one-piece ostomy bags do exist. A flange is the portion of the system that attaches directly to the skin while the pouch collects the waste through the stoma. You will need to take good care of your stoma to ensure that you have a healthy recovery following your ostomy surgery. Cleaning the stoma, changing your appliance and purchasing the correct ostomy products to care for your stoma are all crucial aspects of ensuring that you recover in a healthy manner following your ostomy surgery.
Tips for Living with an Ostomy Pouch
There are several tips that can help you live your life to the fullest while wearing an ostomy pouch. Here are a few guidelines that can help you transition smoothly into your new life with an ostomy pouch:
- Ensure that your skin is clean, dried and prepped before placing the flange on the skin. This will ensure that the flange secures completely to the skin without issue. It is normal to experience some issues with getting the flange to secure completely to the skin immediately following surgery. This issue will resolve itself with time as you become more used to placing and adhering the flange to the skin. There are also several products available, such as Hollister Spray Adhesive, that can help adhere the flange to your skin more securely.
- It is a wise idea to carry an emergency ostomy kit with you whenever you leave the house. An emergency ostomy kit can include supplies such as extra pouches, extra precut flange, a roll of tape, a mirror, diaper wipes and/or Q-tips.
- If you are feeling self-conscious about your ostomy pouch, consider wearing loose-fitting clothing until you become more accustomed to your pouch. When you are initially becoming used to wearing your pouch, exercise caution around small children and animals who might jump into your lap. This will ensure that your pouch remains securely adhered to your skin.
- While driving, exercise caution when putting on your seatbelt. Make sure that the lap belt does not stretch across the area where your stoma is located. This will help ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your car ride.
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