Ostomy Accessories Guide: Ostomy Wraps

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What is an Ostomy Wrap?

Ostomy wraps, which are often called ostomy bands, are a popular accessory that can be used to both support and conceal an ostomy appliance.

They are worn around a person’s abdomen and feature one or two inner pockets to place an ostomy appliance into. Wraps that have two pockets can be used by people who have two ostomies but can also be used without any trouble by people who have a single ostomy (of any type).

Some Benefits

  • Ostomy wraps can provide concealment of an ostomy appliance.
  • They can offer support and stability during physical activities or when the bag fills up.
  • Can be used in conjunction with some stoma guards.
  • Wraps come in many styles and patterns, which can suit any situation.
  • In the event of an appliance leak, ostomy wraps buffer your clothes or bedsheets from being soiled.
  • Ostomates with two bags can wear wraps that have two inner pockets.
  • Easy to put on and wear.
  • Offers an extra layer of warmth during the cold winter months (I find this to be a great thing!)

Potential Issues

  • Wraps that are too tight may restrict the flow of output and lead to leaks or pancaking.
  • Some people find that they get too hot or sweat more while wearing a wrap.
  • Wraps may slide or bunch up, making them uncomfortable to wear.
  • Not ideal when tucking your ostomy appliance underneath your pants.

How Ostomy Wraps are Typically Sold

Most manufacturers will offer various sizes for their wraps. It’s important to make sure that you get one that won’t be too tight or too loose or it may cause you trouble when using it. Each manufacturer should have instructions on how to properly measure yourself for the right size.

Please note that many wraps sold for ladies will have a taper to them along the sides, which helps to accommodate a woman’s figure better than the straight sides of a men’s wrap.

The nice thing about ostomy wraps is that they are often available in many different patterns, which you could use to your benefit if you need to coordinate them with your outfit.

If you plan to use your wrap near water, consider a swim wrap, which is shorter than traditional wraps and are made of a material more suited for getting wet.

Prices for ostomy wraps are usually in the $30 – $40 range depending on the style and brand.

If you are looking to buy an ostomy wrap, I have a list of manufacturers who make and sell them all over the world on THIS page.

Purchase on Amazon

You can also purchase ostomy wraps on Amazon (affiliate links), but be sure to check that they are the right product and not hernia bands: USA | CANADA

How to Use an Ostomy Wrap

Putting on an ostomy wrap is pretty easy.

Because it’s tubular and has no fasteners, you can either slip it on over your head or step into it like you were putting on a pair of bottoms. While putting the wrap on, pay attention to make sure that the inner pocket opening is pointing up or else it won’t hold your bag.

Ostomysecrets classic wrap inside with pouch
The inner pockets should have their opening pointed up so you can easily slide your ostomy bag into it.

Once it’s around your waist, you’ll want to make sure that your ostomy bag fits comfortably into the inner pocket of the wrap.

From there, you can smoothen out the wrap and go on about your day!

Awestomy wrap frontal pose
This wrap is by the company Awestomy!

When it comes time to empty your appliance, you can keep the wrap on and simply remove your appliance from the inner pocket.

 

 

Tips on Using Ostomy Wraps

Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful when using wraps.

  • Because ostomy wraps tend to slip, I suggest looking for ones that have a rubber/silicone band along the top.
  • If you find yourself sweating a lot under your wrap, sprinkle a bit of baby powder underneath it to help keep things dry.
  • Keep an eye out when using an ostomy wrap to make sure it’s not too tight around your bag. I find that wearing a wrap a little lower tends to help prevent this.
  • You can fold the top and bottom of the wrap to make it more compact (see photo below). This works great for intimate moments.
Awestomy wrap underwear frontal
Folding the top and bottom of your wrap can make for a great intimacy product.

Alternatives to Ostomy Wraps

The most common alternatives to ostomy wraps are maternity bands or “belly bands”. These work the same way as an ostomy wrap, but they do not have a special pocket to keep your ostomy appliance secure. Because of that, the bottom of the bag may hang down below the maternity band, defeating the purpose of concealment and support.

Support garments may be an option, especially if support is your primary concern.

Additional Resources

I’ve mentioned ostomy wraps in my clothing guide MEN and they are also popular in my clothing guide for WOMEN.

You can also find my reviews on several different ostomy wraps HERE.

For more articles in this Accessory Guide Series, please visit THIS page.
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Hi Jeff, Yes support belts and guards can some times get in the way of output. But so can clothing as well! it will depend on the fit and body shape and plus the type of work or exercise. But they are a benefit and a help as well. if you wear a large bag and it gets full that can be a weight on the wafer. Another point is where the stoma is say high or low and also how we dress. if you like a shirt tucked in these items can help. For me my stoma is low and the wearing the bag side ways would not work, but I can get away with a waist band just a little higher. A case of one size don,t fit all and bare in mind some of these items can be expensive so be sure before making a purchase. I remember on the forum some one had tried out wearing side ways using a wrap to see how it went.

Robert
Member

Hey Scott welcome to the group . I have a comfort belt that I ordered from Comfort belt out of the UK and I used that for awhile . But at that time I was having problems with leaks but they were not caused buy wearing the belt and wearing my bag sideways . But then I tried a wrap so that I could try wearing my bag vertically . I did find that I liked it . It does help to conceal my bag etc. and gives support for my bag at the same time . I now wear one all day whether home or out . I did get it from Pouchwear  I bought the least expensive ones to try first and I am happy with them . I also bought a shower cover from Pouchware . I did have a good experience with them . Hope this helps ya .

jaymitch
Member

So on the support belts, do they impede the ability of output to drain to the bottom of the bag? With my sigmoid colostomy my output is fairly firm and already starting to get into a bit of a rhythm. Wondering about wearing horizontal and how all that might work. I currently just roll around the house with 2PCS just swinging in the breeze but I think that puts a little extra strain on the wafer. Thoughts on any of this would be appreciated.Thank you!

Robert
Member

Hello Dennis . Welcome to the group . I bought my wraps at this site support@pouchwear.com its in Yuma Arizona USA and sounds like you are in Canada not sure if they ship there but might be worth a shot . I ordered 1 tried it and then ordered 2 more . I wear them for everything except bed .

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Dennis Wade

Hi Eric!
To let you and others know, I was just at the website for the Ostomysecrets Classic Wrap, only to find that they do not offer shipping to Canada at this time.
Bummer!

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Zak

Hey Eric!
Thanks for the review. I actually have the wrap from Weir Comfees and it’s great, made of cotton and great in the summer. The con is that it stretches and I had to get it taken it.