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Finding the right type of ostomy supplies is an essential element for living well with an ostomy. After surgery we leave the hospital wearing a particular brand of ostomy equipment. Many people stay with their initial brand and live happily. However, there is more than one manufacturer of ostomy supplies, as well as more than one way to purchase them. Your WOC (ET) nurse is a good source of information for new products and for supplier recommendations.

Your choice of both product type and place of purchase is limited only by your personal requirements, and in some cases, by your type of medical insurance. Medicare and many HMOs will impose certain restrictions on the purchase of ostomy supplies. If you are on Medicare, an important consideration in choosing a supplier is whether they accept Medicare assignment. Always check with your insurance carrier to determine the details of your insurance.

Selection Considerations, Problems, and Customized Options

Here are some tips to remember when choosing your type of ostomy supplies:

How to Handle Problems

Problems with your pouching systems generally split into two categories:

Custom-Fitted Pouching Systems

It is sometimes necessary for individuals to have ostomy products (usually the wafer) custom-fitted for their particular situation. Ask your ostomy nurse for recommendations.

Major Manufacturers

Listed below are major manufacturers of ostomy products — e.g., pouches, wafers, etc. Most will send free samples if requested. Many also have an ostomy nurse on staff. For additional manufacturers, check with your ostomy nurse.

Blanchard Ostomy Products
1510 Raymond Ave.
Glendale, CA 91201
Karaya wafers, pouches, etc. for ileostomy, urostomy.
Coloplast Corp.
1601 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Full product line: SenSura, Assura, ColoKids, and full line of accessories.
100 Headquarters Park Drive
Skillman, NJ 08558
Full product line, Sur-Fit Natura, Active Life, Moldable Technology.
Cymed Ostomy Co.
1440C Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Full product line including the MicroSkin Ostomy Pouching System.
Genairex, Inc.
12501 71st Court
Largo, FL 33773-3254
Hollister Incorporated
2000 Hollister Drive
Libertyville, IL 60048-3746
Full product line: New Image, Premier, Adapt, Pouchkins.
Marlen Manufacturing & Development Co.
5150 Richmond Road
Bedford, OH 44146-1331
Full product line: Ultra Duet, Ultra, Skin Shield.
Nu-Hope Laboratories, Inc.
P.O. Box 331150
Pacoima, CA 91333-1150
Urinary, colostomy, ileostomy pouches, adhesives, etc.
Perfect Choice Medical Technologies
2955 Pineda Plaza Way, Suite 209
Melbourne, FL 32940
Pouches, deodorant, barrier rings & strips.
The Perma-Type Company
83 Northwest Drive
Plainville, CT 06062
860-747-9999 in CT; 800-243-4234 in other states
Reusable appliances for ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy.
Schena Ostomy Technologies, Inc.
2313 Harrier Run
Naples, FL 34105
EZ-Clean™ Ostomy Pouching System.
Torbot Group, Inc.
1367 Elmwood Ave.
Cranston RI 02910
Full product line, including customized appliances.

Evaluating Suppliers

There are three major categories of ostomy supply dealers. Before you choose a particular supplier, you should be aware of the different services and choices each type offers:

Locating a Supplier

There are several different ways to find suppliers of ostomy products:

Choosing the Right Supplier

Choosing a particular ostomy product supplier is a matter of individual preference. When shopping for ostomy supplies, as for any consumer product, you can shop for service as well as for price.

Remember that you have rights as a consumer and that you can change your supplier at any time, insurance permitting. The following issues are important to consider when evaluating an ostomy products supplier:

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