Ostomy Supply Manufacturers| Free Samples

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Finding the right ostomy products is crucial to being a successful ostomate. The best way to find the right product is to sample them, and while I’ve done my best to offer unbiased PRODUCT REVIEWS, there really is no substitution for try products out yourself.

Below, you’ll find a list of ostomy supply manufacturers from around the world. These companies offer everything from ostomy bags and wafers to adhesive removers and barrier rings.

I’ve indicated which companies explicitly offer free samples on their website, but you may need to contact their customer service directly to find out if they offer samples not listed on their website.

Some companies only offer products within their home country, while others ship internationally (usually through distributors or medical supply stores); it’s best to check with them to see where their products are available.

Ostomy Suppliers UPDATED Oct 15, 2017

CompanyLocationProducts offeredFree samples?
AllweCare MedicalNetherlandsOstomy bags, wafers.YES
B. BraunUSA, Global officesOstomy bags, wafersYES, Call
BagItAwayUSAOstomy disposal bagsYES
CliniMedUKOstomy bags, wafers, wafer extenders, stoma paste, adhesive removers, etc.YES
Colo-MagicCanadaPouch linersYES
Coloplast CorporationDenmark, Global officesOstomy bags, wafers, pouch deodorant, adhesive remover, barrier wipes, wafer extenders, etc.YES, by location
ConvaTec Inc.USA, Global officesOstomy bags, wafers, pouch deodorant, adhesive remover, barrier wipes, wafer extenders, etc.YES, by location
Cymed Ostomy Co.USAOstomy bags, wafers, barrier rings.YES
DansacUKOstomy bags, wafers, barrier rings, adhesive remover.
EakinNorthern IrelandBarrier rings, stoma paste, gelling sachets, adhesive remover, barrier wipesYES
For LifeGermanyOstomy bags, wafers, barrier rings, stoma paste, stoma powder, etc.YES
Genairex / Securi-T USAUSAOstomy bags, wafers, adhesive removers, stoma powder, barrier rings, etc.YES
Hollister Inc.USA, Global officesOstomy bags, wafers, pouch deodorant, adhesive remover, barrier wipes, etc.YES, by location
Kem EnterprisesUSAOsto EZ-VentsYES
Marlen Manufacturing and Development Co.USAOstomy bags, wafers, barrier sheets, pouch deodorant, etc.YES
Na'ScentUSAPouch deodorantYES
Nu-Hope LabsUSAOstomy bags, wafers, barrier rings, etc.YES
OakMed Ltd.UKOstomy bags, wafers, stoma powder, adhesive removers, wafer extenders, etc.YES
Opus HealthcareUKOstomy deodorant, adhesive remover, stoma bridges.YES
Ostofresh (Triad Medical, LLCUSAPouch deodorantYES
Ostomy EssentialsCanadaPouch liners, barrier sheets, disposal bags, gelling products, etc.YES
Ostomy SuperSanUSAOstomy bags and wafersYES
Oxmed InternationalGermanyOstomy bags, wafers, barrier rings, stoma paste, gelling products, etc.
Peak Medical LtdUKOstomy bags, wafers, pouch deodorant, barrier rings, gelling products, wafer extenders, etc.YES
Pelican HealthcareUKOstomy bags, wafers, adhesive removers, barrier wipes, etc.YES
Perfect Choice Medical TechnologiesUSAOstomy bags, wafers, pouch deodorant, barrier rings, wafer extenders, etc.
Safe N Simple LLCUSAOstomy deodorant, barrier rings, barrier wipes, stoma paste, stoma powder, etc.YES
Salts HealthcareUKOstomy bags, wafers, pouch deodorant, adhesive remover, barrier wipes, wafer extenders, etc.YES
Schena Ostomy TechnologiesUSAOstomy bags, wafers.
Securi-T USAUSAOstomy bags, wafers, pouch deodorant, barrier wipes, etc.YES
Torbot Group Inc.USAOstomy bags, wafers, adhesives, reusable ostomy appliances, etc.
Trio Healthcare Ltd.UKSilicone barrier rings, wafer extenders, stoma gel, barrier products, adhesive remover, etc.YES
Welland MedicalUKOstomy bags, wafers, wafer extenders, barrier rings, adhesive removers, barrier products, etc.
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While I have done my best to make sure that this list is as complete as possible, I guarantee that I’ve missed some manufacturers. If you know of any that are not on the list, please bring it to my attention by CONTACTING ME.

32 thoughts on “Ostomy Supply Manufacturers| Free Samples

  1. My husband has been hospitalized since January. Has an ileostomy. Out put varies , sometimes thick, sometimes thin. It seems that the Holister bags that are being used are too small and fill up with one bowel movement. Is there one manufacturer from the list that would offer a larger bag.

    • Hi Rose,

      With an ileostomy, your husband may be emptying his pouch seven times or more in a day, but if he’s emptying that often and simply can’t keep up, Coloplast does offer a “Magnum” product, which is quite large.

      I’ll actually be doing an overview of one of Coloplast’s new larger bags designed specifically for high-output stomas – I’m hoping to have that done in the next two weeks.

        • It sounds like his pouch needs to be emptied more frequently.

          While the larger bags may be helpful to some (and they do have spouts), they aren’t meant to be filled to capacity all the time. The extra weight can cause discomfort and possibly leaks, so emptying the 12″ bags (which are better for thicker output) more often is the best strategy.

    • Hi Rose…

      I want to introduce myself to you. I am Linda, like your husband I spent a long time in hospital with bowel issues and when I got out, there was more surgery and more hospital time after that. I was in for a total of 13 1/2 months. I too had a lot of output for some time, always dehydrating… but I did find that after a while things settled down. I use the Hoslister bags and found out thru a sample that they also make a bag that has a charcoal filter vent in it, and I love this bag. It prevents me having to make so many trips in one day to the bathroom to burp the bag!

      Let me just encourage you that this too will end for you. You must be exhausted, as hospital life can do that. There is a lot of lonliness and also the last thing we want is to let our loved ones feel that this is causing extra stress to the family. It just about kills me when I think about missing that year of holidays, birthdays and fun times at home, but I had too. Heck, even the odd funeral was missed by me. While my hubby and kids drove the 15 or so hours to a great Aunts funeral, I was alone over a long weekend and by that time, friends had even stopped visiting, some of them thought I had actually died. Please hang in there with your man, let him know you love him and miss him at home but also that you understand why he is in the hospital for so long.

      I had been so sick for the year and a half before my hospital stay and 8 surgeries, I had lost more than half my body weight and could keep nouthing in my stomach without throwing it up, and the bowel pain…. I understood well why I needed to be in hospital and just went with the flow. Some things we did to promote our time together as family and with just my hubby was to use the curtains to pull around our bed signaling that we needed no outside input into conversation. For six of those 13 months, I was five hours away from my family. My husband drove for a living at the time and this added extra driving to his already hectic week.

      He came to see me for about 6 hours every Sat. When he arrived we both talked a long time and then after lunch, I would move over in bed as far as I could and make room for my Doug to lay right next to me.

      I needed to feel his warmth and loved being in his arms.

      We would sleep for a few hours. Sometimes only me waking to listen to his breathing and enjoy the warm body next to me, I was often awaken by a Pic Line needing cleaning or changing. He would often snore thru those times, but I loved having him so near. I also missed the snoring, after 27 years of hearing it!

      Let me encourage you to journal those times and to celebrate the good times and get thru the bad together.

      Do not let friends forgot about him and you. Encourage them to visit as it does help pass the time which sometimes goes on for much longer then ever thought possible. Snuggle if you already do not and hold hands when you can. Obviously being intimate is not a huge option, but try and think positive and if you ever want someone to talk too, I would love to be available for that. I can give you my email address to write to and would love to pray for you if that is okay with you. I am a widow now, as five months after I was out of the hospital my hubby was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, and then five weeks before he died, I was back in the hospital for more surgry and my ileostomy. I and my kids have gone thru a lot and I truly understand how you must be feeling. The toughest part of all this has been trying to live without my man and the fears I have faced and concured. He died in 2009 and I now that it can be tough on a family to get thru this time in your life. Eight years as a widow have taught me a lot of things.

      Also, please let me encourage you to listen and read as much of Erics experiences as you can. He is very knowlegable and kind, and smart. I learned a lot even only just finding his sight this year.

      Well, I will let you go, do take care of yourself and get your rest also during this difficult time.

      Sincerely,

      Linda KnelsenSent from Outlook

      • Your message brought tears to my eyes. You have been through a lot. Sorry to hear of your loss. After all that you have been through. I sometimes have thoughts of a similar thing happening to me once I get my husband home. I try not to, keep praying to god.
        You seem to be around the same age as I (58), maybe. My husband is still in the hospital. His journey began with an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair that has left him paralyzed from the waist down. I guess hind site the colostomy that he had from the surgery was a blessing. He had developed a decubitus bed sore that a skilled nursing facility did not take care of properly. He became septic. The infection went to the bone. He had to have rectal surgery which damaged the colostomy. This is why he now has the ileostomy. We have been fighting the abdominal infection that set in from the rectal surgery. The scary thing for me is what little help the medical community has given to me as far as how to handle the paralysis. The whole thing is scary. We have to move to a home that could accomodate a wheelchair. My daughter recently married and are staying with me to help out. They would like to be there for us. But trying to find a home for all of us is difficult. Maryland can the a pricy state for a home with any kind of property. To find a home large enough for all of us and handicapped has been pretty unaffordable.Not sure how it is where you live. But, getting to the otomy bags, his stool is not thin enough for the larger bags. It is thick like what he had when he had the colostomy.Any type of bag with a spout will not work for him. I guess I will have to call the various sites from the list. It is hard to do since I have been working through this whole ordeal and seeing him everyday. I was hoping the site would have the answer. Sorry for rambling, but somehow I can relate to you.

        • Hi Rose,

          Thank you fr responding to my lengthy note…letter…chapter…what ever. You too have been thru a lot, not just your husband. It is great that you have a daughter that wants to help you and be there for the two of you. I would say…take all the help you can get. I have no expeience with being paralized, but a friend recently had to have a leg amputated from the knee down and his struggles have been many. He also made a comment that he did not feel that he was getting the help he required while in hospital from nurses, rehab. or doctor. He is diabetic and requires all his food to be weighed in order to work for him. His wife died three weeks before he had to have the big surgery. We met while I was in hospital this summer for another bowel blockage. He just seemed so sad and I guess I recognized the deep pai he was in. We talk almost every day since, but I am still missing my man something fierce and do not think I will be ready for a relationship with another man anytime soon.

          It must feel like forever for you since you have had any life that feels like normal. Tho some of what your going thru will become your new normal. One of the things that I learned while trying to find a solution to plce into my bag was that the thicker stool is thick because it has not broken down. So, this is first and formost…not doctor recommended and also not Erics sight recommened….if you decide to thry this, it is all on your own choice. There are two things I have tried that work for me….one is I make a solution of useing half a 473ml. bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide, a 1/4c. of Johnsons baby body and bath shampoo, and the rest is all distilled or filtered water. I dilute the shampoo first. If you like, you cn color the water to a blue which is the color the deodering solutions are when you buy them. M9 so far the best from Holister for liquid deoderent, and that solution is blue this is why I mention it. Then useing a clean one gallon milk jug I pour in the hydrogen peroxide , the diliuted with some of the water shampoo, and then the rest of the water into a jug. I used to add some Scented oil drops in peperment to my jug also, but do not anymore. This helped in one major way for me, I was dealing with a lot of little bag leaks and missed them before they got onto my clothes. The scent of the pil helped train my nose to p/u on the leaks, and the smell of the output was then masked to soe degree. My doctor also nevr mentioned this solution, it was something I found on the internet when I was searching for a recipe for homemade deoderant for ostomy/colostomy bags. I find that the way I learned about it was that it takes oxygen to break down food products, so you can get it thru the Hydrogen Peroxide. Do not qoute me on this incse my understanding is different..I just know that it does make my bagged product thinner. I think I put about two tablespoons into my bag after every emptying. Something I also like to do is to to rub the bag once the solution is in with two hands to help spread the mixture up to the top of the bag and it helps get the slight bubbles up there. Be very aware of skin reations to the solution if you try it. I have been useing it for about 7 years now and so far, so good. Also, as soon as my bag is empty, I flush the toilet immediatly. It does help with remaining odour. In summer when I am going out a lot more, I use the Holister lubricating/deoderant in my bag and rub it in the same way to lubricate right up the bag helping output to slide down the bag.

          Someties the food we eat can cause problems with output being thicker. There are a few things I tried. Be careful because you do not want to be loosing weight because of the things I have tried. Check with your doctor first please, and also this is not a recommendation of Erics sight either, He hs nothing to do with these ideas I have tried. At first, my stool was so thick it looked like I had a , and forgive me if this is going to bother you, but it looked like I had a hard on in my pants. I was deadly embarrased

        • Hi Rose,

          Me again. I think I sent a partial letter your way and never got to finish it. Can you let me know if you got it and maybe send it back or whatever we do on computers to so I can finnish it for you.

          I will try here incase I did send it, it was by accident, I think my pup had something to do with that!

          I ended with I was deadly embarrased. Also the output would gather at the top of the bag and from there sneak under the piece that sticks to my tummy causing rashes and burns and blisters from the acid in the output. This is when I discovered the Holister Lubricating/Deoderant and got samples in the mail and used them but only when I noticed the stool was thick, it can be expensive. When I use it now, I buy the packets, not the bottle as it is hard to measure exactly how much you put in the bag when your holding it with one hand and the bottle with the other, I know it meant more in the landfill, but I had to do what I could afford. Your in the States, you may want to look into an insurance plan that will cover his supplies and the extras that are not covered….look around, ask a lot of questions. Are you limited to the amount of bags you can use in a month and will it cover the bag tapes that add extra protection, they are C shaped and I rely on them as they have also stopped leaks on my clothing. He will have to keep a check on the color of the tape around the sticky plate that is on his tummy as that will tell him if there is a leak or not. Believe it or not, having a dog has saved me many embarassing leaks. There noses are so intuned that he can pick up on the scent from across the room when I can not under my own nose! When I realized why the pup…Romeo…was sniffing at me and my tummy, I nearly fell over…very helpful in this matter. So, if you do not have a dog and another takes special interest…there may be a leak! Good luck with that. Back to the solution recipe I gave you for a min., I found it broke down my output quicker or at least made it softer. The Holister Lub./Deo. also helps it slide out of the bag. The original recipe used a whole bottle, but I was being cautious and went with half which seemed to work well enough.

          I have learned once my weight stablized after I had lost more then half of it from being so sick, I discovered that taking one tablet of 250mg Magnesium before a big meal, which I can not and do not eat anymore, my amounts are limited and sometimes I feel forever hungry, I also long for that feeling full feeling in my tummy sometimes. I think this is natural because we are used to filling our tanks. I found eating several times a day stopped the huge output and made things more manageable to leave home. I also do not eat the morning I have to go out to town. This helps in two ways, if you do not know where every bathroom is, this can save you a problem if the guts co-operate…if you need a bathroom, some stores can be greedy about there lending out the washroom. This is understanding as I have witnessed some pretty awful conditions after public ones have been used. If I have to ask for a toilet to use, I always explain why I need it if they say no, and then it helps them to understand your need, and then I always tell them I will leave the bathroom as clean as I find it if not cleaner. Sometimes I have clean the odd toiley or wiped around the sink to help out and lways polish and dry water from around the taps. I always line the toilet seat with T. paper and especially the front part…I get bladder infectioons easy due to a bladder disease…Interstitial Cystitis, it always feels like an infection anyways, but this is just one more cleanliness protection I use for my bag and myself when I have to borrow a toilet to empty my bag. Usually the output for ileostomies is a lot runnier then a colostomy, so there have been times that just bending over, turning from one side to the next have caused output to fill the bag. If you have never had the privelege of puking a lot you may not know that utting a few squares of toiley paper on the top of the water in the bowl stops the water from splashing back at you. This helps great to also keep the bottom ring cleaner a bit longer from splashing back up at you when the ag is emptied.

          You were right with our age, I am 59 turning 60 in Feb. and feeling it this winter! I have had my ostomy for 8 years, so I do have a litle experience behind me and some ahead of me yet I am sure.

          Please Rose, do not let yourself burn out by going to the hospitl every day. I know that it is so hard not to, but even when I was in, we had a visit on the phone every second night, thus allowing my man time to put up his feet and have a coffee at home in his fav. chair while we talked and told each other about our day or missed things from a previous day at work for him or me. It was important to me that he get as much rest as possible during my long extended stay. I found he had more energy when it came time for another surgey, and there was always another surgery for me. When was the last time you took a long hot bath?

          Had a glass of wine before bed? Had a heart ot heart with your pastor , a friend or you fav. Mom? I know that it is hard at this pont for some people to even catch an inkling of what your going thru, but I sure do. Maybe a bit more from the bed, but I am sure your man would not want you so tired that you need help when he is ready to get out. Please look after yourself, it is vital as a women who will be a caretake to some degree. Meals may change, plans may change and so forth.

          Well, this has been long but I feel you need a friend who knows what your talking about. The fact that your hubby has this nasty bed sore is apsolutly unexcuseable of the nursing staff. I would let them know that you feel annoyed about this. I know that when I was on my back for so long, due to one major centre line surgery from the V in my ribs to my pubic bone so many times, made it difficult to even lay on my side. My nurses were very excellent about avoiding and watching out for bed sores and I so appreciated that as you well know.

          Being a long letter there is bound to be some spelling mistakes. I will see if maybe Eric has a way to give you my email addy and if not, if you do want to keep in touch more personally, I will put it here for you. I will trust that it will be respected and off hands of anyone reading this that is not invited into this friendship. Thank you ahead of time for that other readers.

          I will go now, but take care and God bless you both as you walk this difficult path. You will be in my prayers if that is okay with you!

        • Hi Eric,

          Thank you for your comment about my loss of my hubby.

          Not too many people now a days are not affected by cancer one way or another.

          Our family has had a lot of it, 11 last count I believe.

          Anyways, are you able to send my email address privatly

          to Rose for me?

          I would like to share more with her personally but do not want to

          be too public with my address.

          Thank you for your consideration through this time.

            • Eric…Your Awesome!

              Wow, your good! That was a fast reply.

              I think that I can help her even if just s a sounding board.

              I often feel bad bout messing up your sight with a lengthy repy to someone.

              I hope I have the disclaimer part down pat to protect you from anything I have tried and told another about.

              You do have the best info out there and I so appreciate what you are doing.

              I found out there is another lady in our hurch with a ostomy, so I have also told her about this sight of yours.

              Carry on ith the good work. One thing I am curious about is that I use the Holister with the charcoal vent,

              bag number 8331. when I started useing it, I loved not having to empty the gas as often as I had been doing as my output was plenty for a while. I found out my Rose, my stoma does not like spinach….

              Once I stopped eating tht the gas basically subsided to hardly anythiing, and also no more bloating.

              However, the Holister Lub. Deod. instructions were not to get the Hol. Lub.Deod. on the vent. Thi is very hard to prevent. Obviously it would stop the vent from doing its job, but I wonder why they could not make either the vent or the fluid to not affect the vent from working. Does any of this make sence?

              Your our go to person….please let me know what you think.

              It is 10:14 here, time for bed. I will check tomorrow if you replied to this yet.

              Thanks again….

              • No problem :)

                So, the filters that Hollister uses allow air to flow, but not liquids. However, there’s a limit and they can become clogged with constant contact.

                You do need to be careful when using the lubricating deodorant around the top of your bag, but as long as you aren’t trying to get it on the filter, it should be fine.

              • Thank you! I was not sure if there was an oil or something in it that was blocking the air flow, but these bags gave ade y life so much less embarassing to deal with.

                Have a great week!

                Sent from Outlook

  2. Hey Eric,
    I just want to thank you for all your videos.
    I just had my surgery the 29th of August. My home care Ostomy nurse did not help me with anything. Your videos have helped me so much more emotionally than anything.
    I have horrible blisters around my stoma so watching your product reviews has helped me so I can try different products. Is it OK for me to contact these company’s for samples?
    I was sent home from hospital with Hollister supplies so that’s what I ordered . my insurance only pays for 10 wafers, 10 bags, and 4 barrier rings.
    I found a company where I can order stuff at a pretty reasonable price so that helps for me to have the proper amount of supplies I need. Again I want to thank you so much for all help.
    Marla Parslow

    • Hi Marla,

      Yes, I put together this list so that other patients can find companies to contact – and most of the companies on this list are more than happy to send samples or help answer questions about care!

      Take care,

      Eric

  3. Hi again Eric,

    I just had another 6 day hospital stay and they wanted to introduce a NG tube. At this particular hospital I turned it down flat as the nure there that last had the job of putting one in my gullet managed to shove it in so far that it zig zagged all the way down my thoat and hit corners in my stomach I did not know I had. It was when I could not swallow that the nurse who did the NG tube came in and took the kleenex box away from me and told me to grow up and just swallow. The problem was I really could not swallow. I ended up about two days later being transferred to another Hospital and then while I waited for tests and a bed to sleep in, a male nurse took my notes and said to me that I looked extremely uncomfortable. They had given me kleenix so I no longer felt like I was going to drown in my own spit. The thing is, the whole time I was being questioned, I was in tears and had my head lowered. It was then that this lovely specimen of a male nurse took one look at me and said what I had wanted to say with a few exclamation marks. He noticed immediately that the NG was in way too far then it really should have been. He made the choice to remove it after he looked in my throat and saw that it was swelling and vey red, causing me to cough and gag. I had had several, at least 11 other NG’s before and never had they ever felt like this one. Once he removed the tube, which hurt like… well you know….I coughed and gagged and then threw up a ton of crap and vomit. The tube had been kinked in such a way that it was blocking the tube itself from doing the job it was to do.

    I will never forget the kindness of this nurse and the action he took that day. He had washed out most of the tube and gave it to me in a hazardous material bag and said that if it were him he would sue the life out of the nurse who put it in. I had to drink a bucket load of water to get it in and she had also miss directed the tube to the point that it actually was inserted into my nasal passages, leaving me with faicial bruising two days later. The gastro guy was appaled and also encouraged me to sue. Tho the money would have been nice in the end, I had no energy for a court battle even with such definative evidence and those to help support my cause. I chose not to sue. For one, people make mistakes and tho I did not like this particular nurse anymore, I also vowed that no one would ever stuff and NG in my face again unless I was alseep. I did think for a very long time about sueing, and kept the evidence kinks and all every two to three inches, in my freezer in a disguised meat package. After a lot of thought and prayer I had decided I just could not sue an individual, but somehow a corporation would make more sence. I also had no idea where to start. Would I be black balled from all hospitals if this hit the news and it likely would have? Would it go on for years? It was only the start of the beginniing of a horrible three years of my life. I vomited bucket loads from blockages and pain beyond what I could deal with at times, and nurses who thought that my normally low BP was too low that they would with hold pain killers of the narcotic type. Again leaving me in unesccesary pain.

    Another thing about that stay was I wanted desperatley to hug the nurse that removed that painful tube. Never got the chance. I was just too out of it and so badly malnourished that I could not even put my thoughts together. But I did thank him so much in emerge that day. I want everyone to know that what happened to me was something I have never heard of or heard of since that experience. Most NG tubes other then going in are not nice, they do not end up in your throat or sinuses the way this particular nurse had placed it. She had put approx. 18 inches too much in my gut and it hurt like crazy. Her ignorance is rare thank God! Please do not expect them to be as bad for you as it was for me. They are made to stop the puking and to remove excess fluid from your gut so your bowels can rest. Once in I never found them more then feeling like I had an elephant nose then anything else. If you feel build up of fluid around your nose, ask for Q-tips to help clean it out so you can breath easy again.
    I prefer to do that with the curtains closed to not make others feel grossed out.

    Have you ever had a tube gone wrong? Have you ever had one installed while awake?
    Does Hollister sell the bag covers? Stoma Gaurds? I can not seem to locate them in Canada. Do you have compare a nasty bag situation to food…Lol? Pancaking…can;t eat them since.

    I appreciate your time and energy into this site, it is very helpful and encouraging. Thank you Eric for doing this.

    Sincerely
    |Linda

    • Hi Linda,

      My goddness! NG tubes are terrible, but what you went through sounds like a nightmare. I’m glad that you had a compassionate nurse in the end. I can’t imagine going through that.

      I only had one NG tube and was quite unpleasant – gagging and dry heaving for days… I hope to never go through anything like that again and hope you don’t either!

      Please feel free to ask questions about products or my experiences on the community forums so that others can read and participate : https://www.veganostomy.ca/community/

      Regards,

      Eric

  4. Hi, I just came across your list and wasn’t sure if you had addressed the ostomite without insurance. I know of a site in the u.s because I’ve used them for 7 years. Great people. As cheap as they can possibly send them. Anyway its ostogroup.com. They invaluable to me. Thankfully I once again have insurance.

  5. I am overwhelmed with the suppliers questions. I answer all and it asked me to fill the blanks even when filled. Do I only ask Canada Suppliers since I’m in Canada. Thank you.

    • Hey Jacqueline, it certainly can be overwhelming.

      Depending on your insurance, you may only be able to get reimbursement for products ordered within Canada, so I’d start with Canadian suppliers/manufacturers.

      For the ostomy bag manufacturers like Coloplast, Hollister, ConvaTec or B. Braun, they’ll have Canadian offices you can contact and their products would be sold by Canadian suppliers.

      I hope that helps.

  6. Hi…I just saw your stomaversary video and loved it…I am an 8 year stomaversary in August this month, I have basically struggled all alone until I found your sight which was not hard to find, I was just too tired to think clearly enough to know what I needed At any rate, my biggest problem to date is even after putting on a new bag, during the night, there is leakage causing this acid type burn to my skin. It can be very painful and for that I find useing the powder from coloplast to be helpful as well as changing the bag frequently during the burn stage. I so wish I had thought to find sight like yours years back as it would have gone miles for me. I try as many samples as I can and presently use the Hollister bag with filter for gas to ecape. I love the bag but get annoyed with the stoma farting and not excusing herself…her name is rose…because having one really is a beautiful thing! Other days or night she is Mt. Visueveous…get out of her way during a bag change if I do not get some TP on her quick enough. If something gets on my clothing I have found useing something as simple as Spray Kleen found in a grocery store to take the stains all the way out. I carry an emergency back pack with me, just a small one that has all I need for a bag change and skin protecting time…this is where samples come in handy also. I tend not to buy the bags for disposing of the used bag, but rather use dog poo bags to toss the used into. They are cheaper The other thing I do is I always carry a change of clothes along, similar to what I am wearing when I leave the house. Comfort being the issue….what do I do to protect my stoma (rose) from the car seat belt? I have thought about useing a U shaped cushion, homemade pillow , maybe even a stuffed sock to place around the stoma to protect her during an emergency should there be one. Wearing something arond my stoma while in the car would be great but has to allow for good flow also. I only know one other person with a stoma, and do wish I could sit and have a great big heart to heart about this wonderfull thing we have. I feel that there are times that my stoma gets mouthy and farts often and loudly embarassing the living daylights out of this almost 60 year old lady here. Farting was something my husband was so proud of before he died at 49 and now, I can see where it made him laugh, but for me, I could just about die. Is there a way to quiet the gurl…Rose that is? If she has to frt she has to fart, but what cn make her settle down some? I know that certain foods cause lots of gas for me such as spinach, even in my smoothies where the blender has already done the work of mulching things to death. I feel that potatoe chips work awesome when I feel dehydrated and worn down and runny…, what is it about them, can you tell me? As an ostimate, I often find that I m hungry all the time and regularly pass meals withing two hours of having one. Is this normal? I chew my foods very well but often a small piece is identifiable in the bag. Another thing I would love to know is that recently my stoma has been bleeding to some degree. At times it looks like a small head to the top of a sewing pin size hole and others just like a perferated bag. I see my GP about this tomorrow, because of the bleeding concern. I however did not know also…that we could still get bowel blockages with so little intestine remaining. I had surprise hospital stay becuse of this over the Aug. long weekend. All my large was removed in 96 with a J pouch implanted, then in 2009 five weeks before my hubby died from pancreatic cancer, I had to have the ileostomy installed. It was so odd. I had hung onto life to two and a half years, lost more then half my body weight, had 9 operations mostly all emergency and also had to have one surgery where the incision was left open to heal from the inside out with a Vacu pac attached to remove infection. Calcu.ating a total of 13 1/2 months in two different hospitals, 6 1/2 each in Penticton and then transferred to St.Pauls in Vancouver. Sometimes I can not figure out why I lived and my husband had to die when I would have gone willingly during some of the things I endured.
    At any rate, your ight is very informtive and I will vote for you if it is not too late. Good Luck and thnk you for the info. It is so helpful to hear someone talk about what we deal with and even about our poop!

  7. Thank you. I’ve just recently had a colostomy and a urostomy (Indiana pouch) so am getting used to everything and your site has been invaluable. This list is just one more great thing. I’ve ordered some free samples because I’m not overly happy with the products I’m currently using.
    Thanks again.

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