WOCN Stoma Guard / Ostomy Belt Review
Stomaplex makes a protector I, and many patients, have been waiting for – finally someone designed a products that I can recommend to my patients in need of protection. There are many reasons why patients should consider using this, the most important being the safety and security it provides. Of course, the number one reason is the ability to safely wear a seatbelt. Recommended for security and support.
Reviewed by, Pearl R. Harmany, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Customize Your Size
Stomaplex guards are contoured to your shape. The guard can be sized for the depth, the width of the channel, and its overall dimensions. These products are shaped to allow the output to flow.
Choose your comfort
Choose from three guards and two belts.
Stoma Guards include your choice of microfiber belt.
The Freedom-Guard GTX has the softest padding of all Stomaplex. The outside surface is covered in FDA approved rubber with a neoprene pad. This combination creates a soft comfortable product. This Stomaplex comes clean and dries in minutes. The Freedom-Guard GTX is a great multi-purpose guard. It is soft, easy to clean, and very comfortable.
The Freedom-Guard ATX is our most durable product. The outside surface is covered in an FDA approved rubber with same FDA approved rubber for an inner pad. Stomaplex recommends this for anyone who is interested in a products that is easiest to clean. This is our favorite guard for sports.
The Pure-Comfort ATX is the finest of all Stomaplex. The outside surface is covered in leather with a leather inner 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 guard and belt is designed for comfort. The thin and light weight materials makes the guard invisible over your ostomy.
Customize your size and material based on your activity.
Choice of microfiber belt.
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 support belt. All of our products are custom made to the specific size of the patient.
HCPS CODE: A4396 Ostomy belt with parastomal hernia support.
Oh my goodness Bob!! Thank you so much! I was able to show the ostomy nurses yesterday the products I purchased from you. They were impressed! This morning is the first time I'll be able to visit my students since my surgery and give them all the biggest hugs without being nervous about holding my tummy and protecting my stoma! Bless you and your business! Most grateful to you!
In spite of the wonderful testimonials you have received, I feel compelled to add one more. For anyone who has an "outie" stoma (as I do) right on my belt line, the Stoma Guard covers, protects and smooths out my body profile. It's so comfortable I hardly know I am wearing it. The Stoma Guard provides the ultimate in protection, my clothes fit better and I never have to worry about. I just enjoy the overall security the Stomaplex Stoma Guard gives me. If anyone is concerned about this accessory for their stoma appliance I can only say "try it, you'll love it!" Thanks again for inventing such a great product that really does improve the quality of my life,
Mike Lord (Vancouver, BC Canada)
"Bob sent me a Stomaplex Equalizer and once I started using it regularly, I realized I cannot ever go without one. I actually now have 2 just in case I forget to pack one if I go somewhere. By not only pressing hard for 30 seconds after you apply the wafer, but also bending the Stomaplex Equalizer and using the sides to press down on every single corner of your wafer around the stoma (no matter how your stoma is shaped), the wear time of the wafer easily goes up. I think it doubles my wear time without question. Trying to use my fingers to press the wafer down, etc just doesn't allow the same sort of equal pressure. Nor does it allow you to do the extra "pressing" from all sides. By using both methods I described, the wear time of the wafer gets DAYS added on. I think it is a must have for anyone with an ostomy."
I recently purchased the Freedom Guard 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 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)
Got my Freedom Guard and belt yesterday tried it on to verify fit. Today I went to work fully dressed with a belt and shirt tucked in for the first time since my surgery “March 12th”. Wore it all day. Last week I was a sloppy President walking in with Sweats and shirt out. My wife was not happy with my appearance. I do a lot of ATV riding at my partners ranch in Texas “cattle and horses”. In the fall I plan on Scuba Diving in Bermuda and the Stoma guard is going to make it all happen. You saved me from trying to make something that I would never have the time or ability to create! Thank you so much!
Gary (Las Vegas, NV).
I just wanted to let you know how impressed I've been with your product - Pure-Comfort™ GTX Ostomy Belt & Stoma-Guard. I had an ileostomy 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!
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 belt and guard 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 Stomaplex belt and guard and have also found The Equalizer helpful in ensuring good adhesion of the flange. I would highly recommend Stomaplex products to anyone seeking to make living with an ostomy a little easier.
Bob, I received my order and I am liking it a lot.
I have not had a chance to golf with it. So, that is still not answered. However, practice swings show no sign of hindrance.
What I do feel right away is the bag feels more secure and the belt is much more comfortable than the 1" belts sold by the ostomy companies.
Thanks for developing and selling this product.
Michael (New York)
Your guard has changed my mom's life. She had not been able to hardly leave the house due to not being able to wear her normal clothes. Thank you. I do appreciate it greatly.
Nice product. Working well for me and provides the confidence to get active once again. Thanks
I play golf 3 time a week in the summer. The Guard makes sure when I turn I don't tear of my pouch.
Thanks again Tom (OK)
Hi Bob just to let you know that I have received my stoma guard ok and I put it on straight away and it feels really really great I can't begin to explain the feeling it gives me also I am looking forward to wearing my normal clothes again. I will certainly spread the word over on this side of the pond. Once again cheers .
Patrick (United Kingdom)
As a C-7 quadriplegic, I am at high risk for getting pressure sores, especially on my bottom. Due to this risk, I generally tend to sleep on somewhere in between my sides/stomach. However when I would do this on my right side (the side where my ostomy is), I noticed that I got frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Many of these UTIs required prescription antibiotics to treat me. Also some were so severe that I needed to be hospitalized.
Over time I realized that my UTIs were being caused by the fact that when I slept on my right side the weight of my body was constricting my stoma, and thus preventing the flow of urine from my bladder. This enabled bacteria to increase inside my bladder, often resulting a UTI.
Your Stomaplex stoma guard/belt products shield my stoma from being pressed upon and allow free flow of urine from my body. I credit your products (along with drinking more water) with saving my career (I work full-time). Prior to using your products, I was seriously considering retiring from work, or taking a leave of absence due to the frequency and severity of my UTIs which required me to take many sick days, make frequent visits to my doctor, and even be hospitalized multiple times (including several stays in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit). After I began to use your product, I began to immediately get far fewer and less severe UTIs. I cannot thank you enough!!
I received my guard today. Very comfortable, can finally wear pants and a belt again. Thank You for making such a great product. Look forward to buying more products as I need them in the future.
I greatly appreciate your engineering and customer service.