Buying Colostomy Supplies

Colostomy surgery is not an event to be taken lightly. Living with the results of a stoma procedure -- which often means managing an ostomy bag and constantly needing medical supplies -- can be cumbersome and costly. Whether your need for colostomy supplies is permanent or temporary, knowing where to buy your supplies at affordable rates can bring tremendous peace of mind for folks who've had stoma procedures. There are numerous types of colostomy supplies that can help you each day, and your doctor can help you understand which supplies are essential for your needs. The following is a list of the most common questions related to buying colostomy supplies.

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  1. Does insurance cover colostomy supplies?
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    Medicare Part B insures colostomy supplies but only allows a predetermined quantity per month up to a maximum amount. For more specific information, check with Medicare directly. The majority of individual healthcare plans cover 80-percent of the costs once the deductible is met.

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  2. How do I store my supplies?
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    To ensure the best durability, discretion and convenience, stock your equipment on a shelf or in a small box located in a cool, dry area. Any excessive heat could deteriorate the plastic items and other skincare products. Although they will still work, it is important to keep them in the best possible condition.

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  3. Should I stock up on colostomy supplies?
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    Avoid stockpiling supplies since most have recommended shelf lives and can be impacted by temperature and humidity changes. Simply order the replacement supplies you are going to need in the near future. By not stockpiling, you will also save space in your home.

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  4. What accessories should I purchase?
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    There are numerous colostomy accessories to help keep the area clean and the pouch system functioning. Purchasing products like adhesive removers, skin protective wipes, appliance cleaners, colostomy underwear and skin barriers will all be beneficial during the maintenance of the hardware.

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  5. What is the best type of tape to purchase?
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    When adding the stoma cap, you should cover the wound with gauze to keep out bacteria which must be held in-place by water-proof tape. As you sweat, shower or get wet, it is important that the stoma is protected from the elements to keep it as clean as possible.

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  6. What supplies do I need to order?
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    The most common hardware includes, pouches, stoma covers and caps and a pouch seal. There are three main pouch types: one-piece drainable pouch with skin barrier, one-piece closed pouch with skin barrier and drainable pouch which is a two-piece system with a flange.

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  7. When do I re-order my colostomy supplies?
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    It is a good choice to re-order supplies several weeks prior to the current supplies running out. This will allow enough time for delivery so you can seamlessly receive the new hardware and discard the old without impacting your life.

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  8. Where do I purchase supplies?
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    Supplies can be purchased through online companies, a local pharmacy, medical supply stores or even mail order companies. Search online for the best deals or check the yellow pages for a list of surgical or hospital supply stores and they should have all of the equipment you need. Your hospital or doctor can provide good sources.

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