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Colostomy Questions and Answers

What Do I Need to Know About Ordering Ostomy Equipment?

  • Allow enough time for delivery when ordering ostomy supplies.
  • Re-measure your stoma before ordering pre-cut pouches during the first 6 months.
  • Always keep an extra two-week supply of pouch equipment. There is no good substitution for the products if you should run out.
  • Keep a list of your equipment along with the order numbers, manufacturers, and sources of supply. Give a duplicate of this list to a family member and/or friend in case their help is needed in an emergency.
  • Check several retailers for the best equipment prices. Some suppliers will assist you with Medicare and insurance forms.
  • Consider how long you wear your pouch when calculating the cost of your equipment.


What are Some Other Helpful Ostomy Tips?

  • When returning to your clinic or hospital, always bring two changes of ostomy supplies with you.
  • Carry identification (in the form of a bracelet, necklace, or wallet card) specifying your particular ostomy.
  • Do not use products that are not specifically made for ostomy use.

When Should I Call the ET Nurse?

  • If you have persistent leakage problems
  • If you have skin irritation in the area of your pouch
  • If you have difficulty locating retail sources for your supplies
  • If you need help locating the nearest United Ostomy Association (UOA) support group
  • If you are a woman thinking about becoming pregnant; don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • If you are having difficulty resuming an interpersonal relationship

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on July 05, 2012

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