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WOCN Stoma Guard Review
Stomaplex is a stoma protector I, and many patients, have been waiting for – finally someone designed a support belt that I can recommend to my patients in need of protection. There are many reasons why patients should consider using this guard, the most important being the safety and security it provides. Of course, the number one reason this ostomy support belt is the ability to safely wear a seatbelt. That is the best stoma guard for security and support.
Reviewed by, Pearl R. Harmany, BSN, RN, CWOCN
The Stomaplex Belt
Stomaplex stoma protectors are contoured to your shape making them the best stoma guard. We offer the best belt with an extensive list of sizing options for the depth, the width of the channel, and its overall dimensions. The beauty of these protectors is the shape that allows for the output from the stoma to flow but not more bulcky than it needs to be. The ostomy support belt is meant to cover the appliance. With it covered correctly the flow of output will be free to flow to the bottom of the ostomy bag. Women and men will become more active and confident. Soon you'll forget that you have it on. The guard can stay in place when you empty the bag.
Design it for yourself.
Two ostomy belt styles.
The 2-Strap Belt is the best support belt for adjustability. Use this to adjust the tension of the top strap or bottom strap independently. This approach facilitates greater comfort for different body types. You can also adjust the angle of the Stomaplex stoma guard to allow the free flow.
The Hernia Belt is the best for compressing the parastomal area to prevent hernias from forming or to compress a hernia that is already present. This style has only one strap which is designed to hold and squeeze you more tightly. If you have a parastomal hernia or if you are concerned about developing one, this might be your choice. Another popular use for the wide belt is to hold the guard in position during sports (hockey, soccer, football, golf, swimming, roller derby, etc.)
Each will guard will protect your stoma equally well. The difference is with comfort and activity type. The Freedom-Guard ATX is best for athletic activity whereas the Pure-Comfort is best for wearing suits or clothes for the office. The Pure-Comfort has a thinner profile and lighter weight design. The Freedom-Guard is more durable with a rugged design.
The Freedom-Guard GTX has the softest padding of all Stomaplex and is the perfect ostomy swim wrap. The outside surface is covered in FDA approved rubber with a neoprene pad with nylon fabric for an inside pad. This combination creates a soft comfortable guard available. This Stomaplex comes clean and dries in minutes. The perfect ostomy swim wrap. The Freedom-Guard GTX is a great multi-purpose guard. It is both soft, easy to clean, and very comfortable.
The Freedom-Guard ATX is the most durable Stomaplex guard. The outside surface is covered in FDA approved rubber with same FDA approved rubber for an inside pad. This combination creates the most durable and longest lasting guard available. Stomaplex recommends this for anyone who is interested in a stoma guard that is easiest to clean. This is our favorite ostomy guard for sports. The Freedom-Guard ATX is the best for ostomy sports and athletics. The non-absorbant construction makes it an ideal belt for swimming.
The Pure-Comfort ATX is the finest of all Stomaplex. The outside surface is covered in leather with a leather inside pad. This combination creates the thinnest and lightest guard available. Stomaplex recommends this for anyone who is interested in the best there is to offer in stoma protection. This ostomy wrap is designed for comfort. The Pure-Comfort ATX is the most comfortable Stomaplex ostomy guard. The thin and light weight materials make the guard invisible over your ostomy.
Customize your size and material based on your activity. We offer three styles of Stomaplex. The Freedom-Guards are desinged those interested in being more active. Another guard called the Pure-Comfort ATX which is designed for light weight and a more luxurious feeling.
Welcome to Stomaplex
Stomaplex manufactures a microfiber ostomy support belts with a customizable guard. Our products are designed to: 1) protecting the stoma from injury, 2) allow for free flow into the ostomy bag, 3) be as discreet as possible. Each Stomaplex wrap is available with either a 2-strap belt design or a hernia belt. We categorize these guards by lifestyle activities. The "Belt for Sports" is the most durable. The "Belt for Comfort" will have the thinnest and lightest guard. And the "Belt for Swimming" is the softest of the three.
We believe that the best ostomy hernia belt needs to perform three functions: 1) To Protect the Ostomy, 2) To Allow Free Flow, 3) To Be Low Profile. Stomaplex uses a microfiber in all of their products to enhance comfort. You won't find a better protector.
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Best Ostomy Bag Support Belt
The Freedom-Guard GTX is the best ostomy wrap for swimming. The outside surface of the guard is non-absorbant. This rubber is quick to dry and attaches to the belt with Velcro. We believe that we make the best swim belt because it provides the needed protection. The wrap is designed to be worn beneath your swimsuit. The GTX can be attached to a dry wrap with ease so you'll be ready to go after swimming. The Freedom-Guard GTX is the ultimate wrap.
Choose from 3 Stomaplex Wraps
Ostomy Sport Wrap
For exercising we like this belt. You can choose your support level: hernia or comfort.
We like the Freedom-Guard ATX for sports. The rubber coating and padding is great for sports.
Ostomy Comfort Wrap
When you need to look your best. This comfort wrap is designed to be the most discreet.
The Pure-Comfort ATX is the thinnest and lightest. The outside and inside surfaces of this guard are covered with leather.
Neoprene Ostomy Swim Wraps
The quick drying swim belt with a neoprene padding on the inner surface helps you to get dressed more quickly.
The soft neoprene padding on the inside of the Freedom-Guard GTX is easy to dry after swimming.
How to size your Stomaplex
A function of your body size.
If you are shorter than 5'6", choose "SMALL" for the Guard Size.
If you are taller than 6'2" choose "TALL" for the Guard Size.
So, if you are between 5'6" and 6'2" choose the "LARGE" for the Guard Size.
However if you are thin or you simply want a smaller guard, choose the "NARROW" for the Guard Size.
A function of the height of the stoma.
Measure the height of the stoma beyond the skin barrier.
If the height of the stoma measures 0.5" or less, choose a Stoma Clearance of 0.75".
If the height of the stoma measures 0.75", choose the 1.00" for Stoma Clearance.
A function of the diameter of the stoma or the size of the two-piece flange.
If you wear a 2-piece pouching system.
The Appliance Size for the Stomaplex Guard is the same as your flange size. For example: 38mm (1-3/8"), 45mm (1-3/4"), 57mm (2-1/4"), 70mm (2-3/4").
If you wear a 1-piece pouching system.
The Appliance Size is based on the diameter of the stoma.
If the stoma measures 1.25" or less choose 57mm (2-1/4").
If the stoma measures greater than 1.25" choose 70mm (2-3/4").
Measure the circumference of your body over the stoma.
Please Measure - do not use the size of your clothing for our belts.
Custom Made Ostomy Wraps
We are able to customize the size and shape of your guard.
Choose from over 100 sizes that are available to ship whithin 5 business days.
Ostomy Care : The Equalizer
Stoma Guards For Men
The Stomaplex Belt is the most comfortable ostomy bag cover for men. The double strap or single strap will protect his stoma from his pants. He is now able to wear is normal clothing with an ileostomy.
Stoma Guards For Women
The Stomaplex Belt is the most comfortable ostomy clothing for women. The 2 strap or single strap belt will protect her stoma from her skirt and dress pants. She is now able to wear is normal clothing with an ileostomy.
Vertical Ostomy Belt For Women
The Stomaplex Vertical Ostomy Belt is the most comfortable ostomy clothing for women. The 2 strap or single strap belt will protect her stoma from her skirt and dress pants. She is now able to wear is normal clothing with an ileostomy.
I recently purchased the Freedom Guard GTX and I LOVE IT! While riding in any vehicle, I was wearing a "donut" pillow (with a hole in the middle) around my stoma to protect it from my seat belt however, the pillow was always shifting under the belt and it never felt secure. Having to bring my "special" pillow into different vehicles made me feel exposed as if I was announcing myself as an ostomate. If I was driving, I spent as much time fiddling with the pillow as I did handling the steering wheel! Not good... The Freedom Guard belt stays put on my body - secure and snug - without being too tight or binding on me. I love that I can adjust the soft, comfortable straps for either a looser or tighter fit. I literally strap it on and go - and forget about it! One of the best features to me is that I don't have to remove the Freedom-Guard to empty my pouch. I simply push it up higher on my stomach and I'm good to do whatever I need to do, then lift and push it back down into place. It's really easy to use. I have also tried another "guard" type currently on the market but because it didn't allow for output like the Freedom-Guard does it created a big mess inside my pouch doubling my clean up time and this made me feel worse about having my ostomy. The Freedom-Guard however allows me to put it on - and FORGET about it! I go about my day as usual with no worries. Now that's FREEDOM!! Thanks Bob!!
A. Woods (Atlanta, GA)
So far I've only owned the Freedom-Guard ATX for a few days, but after wearing it for only an hour my hernia has disappeared. I pushed the hernia inside, put the guard on tight, flexed my abdomen a bit and my hernia has stayed in place since then!! I haven't worn the guard since just to see how it does, and I'm not saying everyone will have this experience, but I can say that I have had a hernia now for 1.5 years (since right after my first surgery to create my ileostomy) and at no time in those 18 months have I been able to "fix" my hernia. I can push it back in but it always popped right back out. Now it has been in place for 3 full days with no support whatsoever. And as far as the rest of the product, it came timely with great support from Bob, it works exactly as stated, the belts and guard are very high quality, packaging was great. I really have no complaints and honestly for me this is going to be a hernia maintenance tool. I don't know what will happen, but if I can push out hernia surgery indefinitely this product will have paid for itself many times over. Obviously this is probably a rare experience, but I think this product's potential value in preventing, treating, supporting hernias is amazing. My parastomal hernia has caused me a lot of stress and just to not have it for a few days has given me such a boost. My stomach looks normal again!!! Thank you Bob and Stomaplex... Unreal.
I've found some of the most difficult challenges in adapting to a permanent ileostomy to be the simplest of things, like comfortably wearing normal pants or a seatbelt. The Stomaplex system has proved extremely helpful in accomplishing those basic tasks and also in restoring my confidence and ability to return to many of my previous physical and work activities. I have tried other similar products and believe Stomaplex offers the edge in comfort, fit and low-profile appearance. The belt and guard are extremely well designed and made of top quality materials. The secure, highly-adjustable fit also keeps my appliance more firmly in place, which has helped reduce skin irritation and extend wear time. Service is excellent as well, with quick and thorough responses to questions and rapid processing and delivery of orders. I recently purchased my second and have also found The Equalizer helpful in ensuring good adhesion of the flange. I would highly recommend these products to anyone seeking to make living a little easier.
I just wanted to let you know how impressed I've been with your belt - Pure-Comfort™ ATX . I had surgery in January after being diagnosed with colon cancer and having to deal with colitis the past 10 years. After the surgery I have a pretty good size stoma that looks like a downspout. I'm a bulk driver for Staples and deal with breaking down and delivering anywhere from 10-15,000 lbs worth of freight every day. I was so scared about going back to work that I wouldn't be able to do all the physical activity that I'm used to doing. During my recovery time before returning to work, I did a bunch of research and came upon your product. Despite all the testimonials, I was afraid that the product would be bulky, but I decided to give it a try anyways. All that apprehension went away after the first day of using it. I can't thank you enough about how great your product is. It's so comfortable and durable. It doesn't get in the way and I can work just as hard as I did pre-surgery. It instills a lot of confidence. Thanks again for helping what seemed like a bad situation in January so much better. I'll never work without it!
2-Strap Comfort Design
The two straps criss cross in the back for a narrow 1.5" band then come back to the front. This two strap design to this flow free belt is so comfortable that you'll forget that you have it on. Expect about 4" of adjustment.
1-Strap Hernia Design
Choose this style for maximum support. The microfiber holds onto the Velcro to keep you protected. Expect about 6" of total adjustment to these belts.
Each guard covers and helps muffle sounds. The construction of the guard to gradually absorb the sound through several layers of material. Loud sounds will pass through but the overall muting of the sound will be acceptable. If this is your main concern, choose the Freedom-Guard GTX with the soft neoprene padding.
Low Profile & Light Weight Design
Contoured to Your Size
Each protector has a contoured dome to protect the stoma. Adjust the size of the stoma dome to allow for free flow. The overall dimensions of the protector are also configurable. Tall patients have the option to expand the vertical dimension of the guard so that it will extend further down into the pants. Also a thin person is able to choose a protector that has a more narrow footprint which will then be more comfortable.
All products are custom made to your specific measurements. They are contoured for maximum comfort while allowing the output to flow. All of the free flow guards work with Hollister, Convatec, Coloplast, etc.
Covers and Wraps
The product applies pressure on your appliance. Our bag covers improves your confidence and allows you to wear your normal clothing.
Are you wondering how you will wear your pants when you get dressed? So often the waistband of jeans restricts the flow from the stoma. When the flow gets resticted it is called pancaking. Pancaking ususally results in leaks. When the pouch or the flow is restricted pressure is formed and the skin barrier lifts off the skin. When you wear a belt with a cover, there will be direct pressure on the barrier.
Each guard comes with an elastic belt, which attaches with Velcro and allows for manual adjustment.
These products protect the patient's ostomy from external contact caused by things like clothing and seatbelts.
This guard also allow patients to live a more active lifestyle. You won't need to be concerned about damaging the stoma through impacts that occur during daily activities and sports.
The protector prevents leaks that can be caused by physical activity, sweating, or spending time in the water.
Since the guard applys direct pressure to the appliance, they extend the wear-time of the wafer and protects your clothing.
The protective cover is held away from your stoma by a contoured shape which wraps around your body.
The pad on the inside of the belt applies pressure on the appliance assisting in its securement, thus reducing the risk of leaks.
All of these products will allow you to go about all your daily activities with total confidence.
Veterans Ostomy Care:
Stomaplex is registered with SAM.GOV as a provider to the VAMC. Contact your VAMC to learn if you are eligable to receive your ostomy protection package for Veterans care. As with all of our stoma protectors, these are custom made to the specific size of the patient.