Stoma-Pro: REVIEW (w/ video)

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“Pancaking” has been a problem for many ostomates and any solution would be welcome.

Update Jan, 2022: The company who makes the Stoma-Pro seems to be out of business.

I’ve received a sample of the Stoma-Pro, which is marketed to be an “anti-pancaking” device.  In this review, I will go over my (brief) experience with it, and why I feel it misses the mark.

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Stoma Pro (anti-pancaking & stoma guard): REVIEW
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About the Stoma-Pro

The product listed below was used for this review. Other sizes are available.

Product name: Stoma-Pro
Manufacturer: Stoma Solutions
Product #: n/a
Dimensions: Various sizes depending on the appliance used. The one I used was approx. 6cm x 4.5cm.
Quantity per package: One. Can be used several times before needing to be discarded (approx. every 2-3 weeks).

Advertised as being an “in-pouch stoma protection and anti-pancaking system”, the Stoma-Pro is made in the USA and sold by the company Stoma Solutions.

“Pancaking”, if you aren’t aware of the term, describes when your output gets stuck around your stoma or at the top of the bag. This is an annoying issue that can cause leaks if it’s not prevented. I’ve written a guide on how to deal with pancaking HERE.

It’s manufactured using a special nylon that’s quite rigid, but the company says that it can also be made of other materials like plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, etc. It feels really nice in the hand and is precision made to fit your appliance perfectly.

Its design reminds me vaguely of a “pizza saver” (the white plastic thing used to keep a pizza box from touching pizza), but it’s shaped in a way that’s supposed to divert stoma output downwards towards the bottom of your bag.

In theory, this should help prevent “pancaking” while offering protection to the stoma at the same time.

Each Stoma-Pro is made to fit the size of the flange coupling on a two-piece ostomy bag. It can only be used on two-piece systems from select brands due to how it actually works.

Stoma Pro wrong size
Each Stoma-Pro is designed to fit specific appliances. In this photo, you can see that it doesn’t fit the Coloplast Mio Click (because it was ordered to fit the Hollister bags instead).

Using the Stoma-Pro

Using the Stoma-Pro is fairly straightforward: You insert it into the plastic hole in the back of your ostomy bag where it snaps into place. From there, you attach the bag to your wafer as usual. Nothing else needs to be done and there are no other attachments required.

Because it’s attached to the inside of your appliance, you can’t remove or adjust it unless you take your bag off. Obviously, you would only want to do this when you change your appliance. But not everyone removes their bag only when changing their appliance.

If you like to swap bags to keep your filters going, or if you have a tear in the bag and need to replace it, things can get a little (a lot) messy.

Removing the Stoma-Pro is not for the faint at heart. You will be in contact with your feces or urine (depending on the type of stoma you have) and it can be pretty inconvenient if you’re doing an emergency appliance change.

I had to struggle to remove mine, and when it finally did come out, it flung into my skin. I’ll explain the ordeal in the next section, but keep in mind that you’ll need to remove, clean, and replace it with every appliance change.

My Experience

I wore the Stoma-Pro for two days before I had a very painful, messy blowout.

When I first put it on, I felt quite self-conscious about it because not only does it stick out quite a bit, but I found that the “bump” it leaves ends up being quite vulnerable as it hit the edges of tables and countertops too easy for my liking.

While it does act as a stoma guard, because it relies on your flange for support and because it’s so small, it tugs at your appliance (also causing pain) when it’s hit.

It did do an ok job protecting my stoma from the seatbelt in my car, but that’s about it. If you need real protection from life events then you’ll want to get a guard that goes over your appliance and covers a larger surface area.

As I wore the Stoma-Pro, I noticed that I was getting a lot of stool trapped underneath it. This was really ironic, considering that it’s supposed to be an anti-pancaking device, yet it was causing pancaking instead!

Stoma Pro pancaking
The “anti-pancaking” device causing pancaking.

My day went on as usual, and I continued to experience this pancaking with the feeling of pressure on my stoma.

Normally, if I’m wearing a guard or support garment and I feel pressure caused by my output looking for a place to go, I can lift the product up and give my stoma some space. Unfortunately, since the Stoma-Pro is fixed, you don’t have this option.

In between the frustration of this pancaking, I was getting intermittent liquid output, which is very unusual for me. I wasn’t feeling sick, so I assumed it that maybe it was something I ate or drank.

Pancaking and pains continued onto the next day where things finally came to an end as my output was forced backward towards my appliance and under it (causing a large leak).

After removing my appliance, my stoma began to happily output like normal. It dawned on me at that point that the liquid output I was having was my body trying to push through stool, which was being blocked because of the Stoma-Pro!

Stoma Pro plugged up
Stool trapped behind the Stoma-Pro. This caused a partial blockage and forced stool backward and under my appliance.

As I mentioned earlier, removing the Stoma-Pro was no easy feat, especially when it’s covered in stool. The idea is that after you remove it you can wash it (and/or disinfect it) and place it in your next bag.

That’s the idea, anyway. In practice, cleaning it was a nightmare and my output was stuck to the inside of it. Cleaning this was not my proudest moment as an ostomate.


At the time of this writing (March 2017), the Stoma-Pro can be ordered starting at US$16.99. While it doesn’t say on the website, I do assume that it can be mailed internationally.


  • Cost.
  • Made to fit perfectly in the appliance coupling.
  • Small compared to other stoma guards.
  • No need to use a belt or wrap to keep it in place.
  • Reusable when cleaned (see cons).
  • Works well for basic stoma protection (see below).
  • Does not reduce the capacity of your pouch.
  • Available in several colours.


  • Protrudes quite a bit, even with an empty bag.
  • Doesn’t prevent pancaking with thicker output; Often creates pancaking issues when none should exist.
  • Can potentially cause blockages (did for me).
  • Can potentially cause leaks (did for me).
  • Not good for anything more than basic stoma protection, especially high impact sports or sideways impact.
  • Can’t be removed unless you remove your bag.
  • Messy cleanup after changing your appliance.
  • Needs to be replaced after 2-3 weeks of use (longer if you bleach it; bleaching is not recommended if you go for a colored version).

Not Recommended

The Stoma-Pro did not work as intended to prevent pancaking and it’s not nearly as protective as other stoma guards.

If you have thick output, then you may be at risk of a painful blowout and/or blockage. And if your output isn’t very thick, then this product won’t really be needed as pancaking won’t be as much of an issue for you.

Urostomates and ileostomates who have liquid/thin output may be able to use this as a lite duty stoma guard, but I’d still recommend an external guard that you can easily remove or reposition for comfort.

Finally, the fact that you have to dig through your own feces to recover the Stoma-Pro, and then wash it if you want to use it again, is a problem not only when it comes to convenience but hygiene as well. I’m not sure many ostomates would opt for that.

While this product may very well work for a small group of ostomates, I can’t recommend it to the vast majority of them.

Question: Would you consider using this product?

13 thoughts on “Stoma-Pro: REVIEW (w/ video)”

  1. Eric…I believe you asked what we thought of the design of this thing & if we would change it. To me it would make more sense if it were shaped more like the end of a TUBE.  Surrounding the top and sides.   Narrow at the top end,  slanted up and open at the bottom, solid walls,  opaque in colour to see whats going on under it to some degree. I think that would help push the output down & away from the stoma better. Sized according to the rings we cut around in the wafer. Just looking at this, I can see that it would not work for me either.  
    Another great video though & I love your honest reviews!!! Way to go!! 

    • Posted by: @dlkfiretruck

      To me it would make more sense if it were shaped more like the end of a TUBE.  Surrounding the top and sides.   Narrow at the top end,  slanted up and open at the bottom, solid walls,  opaque in colour to see whats going on under it to some degree.

      That’s pretty much how stoma guards are designed, but the advantage to using a stoma guard is that you can REMOVE it! This product can’t be removed once it’s on, so if you find a lot of pressure building up or some other problem, you have to take your wafer off to manage it.  

  2. Hi Eric 
    I am having better luck with my pancaking.I almost bought that I am glad I didn’t I have found that if I take a couple of stool softeners a week and lay on my side massage that bulg things are better .I did buy that stoma guard that you reviewed it was 100. Or more but it works well I bought the larger one .I just had a hip replacement oh man it was painful and the Dr.  tried to make me take 2laxatives not a chance .I cannot take laxatives they just don’t agree with me they work too well . I am also using coloplast sween powder and I find that helpful stool does not stick to the bag as much .It’s like a dry lubricant.Thank you for all you help and videos I love them

  3. Posted by: @squeakyandliza

    French wouldn’t have surprised me, because, you know, Canada.

    It may surprise you that my French is not good. LOL I can somewhat understand most regular French conversation, but there’s no hope in hell for me to actually speak it. It would have been nice to learn, though. 

    • Posted by: @Maria

      Ciao serve per feci liquide?

      Ciao Maria. Non consiglierei affatto di utilizzare questo prodotto.

      ~~ English translation ~~

      Hi Maria. I would not recommend using this product at all.

  4. I have pancaking quite a bit ,I take two Imodium a week and this helps to make a firmer output and it’s easier and less messy to change my liner .well I think I finally have a partial blockage ,I had a fever and haven’t been able to go to the bathroom.i have been massaging around my stoma it’s hard as a rock around there . I read that you could buy something to squirt water into the stoma and it loosens it up so it comes out.aHas any one had experience with this or is their another way of getting water in the stoma to loosen my bowel movements . I am in a lot of pain right now it is less than yesterday but it still is uncomfortable.can anyone help me. I could use a good pice of advice


    • Hey Shazzon, I’ve had a foley catheter put inside my stoma to help break up a blockage, but that was under the direction of a doctor. I would not personally recommend you try it unless you have the guidance of a stoma nurse or doctor as you can cause damage by doing it wrong.

      If it’s been 24 hours without a bowel movement and you are in pain, I would suggest going to the ER.

      Good luck!

      • @veganostomyI am going to look into that Foley catheter as it is not uncommon for me to not have a bowel movement for up to four days This time it jus feels different if need be I will go to the emerg I asked my surgeon and he booked me an appointment with a stoma nurse . I really am not impressed.Thank you for replying I appreciate it

    • @shazzon… the flags went up when you said you had a " FEVER".   A fever often means your fighting an infection. With pain and a blockage, these are dangerous markers. Please go to your Doctor or local ER. A blood test and xray will give you a chance to ask about trying something new to break up the blockage.  But please, see your Doctor about all these symptoms. 


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