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7 Essential Colostomy Supplies You Must Have

7 Essential Colostomy Supplies You Must Have
HPFY Staff Writer

A colostomy is a surgical procedure performed when body waste cannot exit through the body through the normal process. The surgery includes connecting a part of the large intestine (colon) to the abdominal wall and creating an opening, called a stoma, for excretion. 

There are numerous reasons for a colostomy, such as colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, etc., and is not specific to any age group. The surgery could be done for a baby, an adult, and the elderly depending on the underlying cause and can be temporary or permanent. 

Whether the colostomy is short or long-term, the supplies required will remain the same. In the hospital, the nursing staff will provide you with an ostomy pouch, skin barrier, and other items. Once you are home, you can explore other ostomy supply options.  

7 Essential Colostomy Supplies

HPFY understands your needs, and we have prepared a colostomy supplies list.

1. Skin Barrier

A skin barrier, also known as a wafer, is a device to attach the pouch to the stoma. They are available in two options – cut-to-fit or pre-cut. 

A cut-to-fit skin barrier has stoma markings inside the flange and can be cut according to the stoma's size. This type is more beneficial to those whose stoma size keeps changing, especially right after the surgery. On the contrary, the pre-cut skin barrier comes in a fixed size with a difference in the stoma opening and flange size.  

Skin barriers are also available in flat and convex styles. If the stoma is normally protruding and accessible, you would choose a flat skin barrier. But if the stoma is retracted or hidden in skin folds, you need a convex barrier because it pushes the skin back to expose the stoma.  

Another factor to consider is durability. A standard skin barrier is designed for normal output, while an extended-wear skin barrier works well if the output is acidic. 

Certain skin barriers are infused with compounds such as ceramides which are molecules found naturally in the skin. Skin barriers containing ceramide ensure that moisture remains in the skin while keeping the skin barrier intact. 

Hollister New-Image Flat Cut-to-Fit Flextend Ostomy Skin Barrier with Tape Border

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

Protects skin from irritating discharge when wearing a barrier for an extended period of time. Durable with a high resistance to erosion and features a floating flange to adjust the pressure on the abdomen with fingers when attaching a pouch.  

Features of Hollister New-Image Flextend Skin Barrier

  • Latex-free for sensitive skin  
  • Can be cut to fit individual stoma size  
  • Tape borders provide additional attachment security  
  • Usable with a New-Image pouch with the same flange size  


4.5 Star Reviews on Hollister New Image Flat Cut-to-Fit Flextend Ostomy Skin Barrier


09/12/22 by Sandra C.  Works very well "


Pros and Cons of Hollister New Image Flat Flextend Ostomy Barrier

Pros Cons
  • Dependable.
  • Requires wiping inside out to avoid odor.
  • Protects from urine leakage.
  • Requires hard pinching down on the velcro to attach it well.
  • User friendly and not messy like the others.
Hollister New Image Flat Cut-to-Fit Flextend Ostomy Skin Barrier With Tape Border



2. Ostomy Pouch

An ostomy pouch is a bag attached to your stoma to collect waste and is available as a one-piece or two-piece pouch with a drainable/open-end or close-end.  

A one-piece pouch has a skin barrier attached to it and can be applied and removed as one unit. The bag and skin barrier are two independent units sold separately in a two-piece pouch. You can replace the ostomy pouch without changing the skin barrier and vice versa. 

A drainable pouch comes with an opening on the other end, which allows the user to empty the contents of the pouch, clean it, and reuse the bag. If multiple daily changes are required, a reusable pouch is an economical alternative since a closed-end pouch must be discarded after each use.  

An ostomy bag can also vary in size. Smaller bags are ideal for swimming and intimacy, and larger ones can be used for everyday wear. 

Hollister New-Image Two-Piece Drainable Pouch with Lock-n-Roll Microseal Closure and Filter

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

Suitable for colostomies and ileostomies, this system drains the contents from the bottom and features plastic interlocking fasteners to close the drainage port. The pouch panels are soft and comfortable on the skin.  

Features of Hollister New-Image Two-Piece Drainable Pouch

  • Built-in belt tabs make it easy to attach an ostomy belt  
  • Odor barrier pouch film for long-lasting freshness  
  • Integrated filter releases gas from the pouch  
  • Can be used with New-image two-piece skin barrier with the same flange size  

Hollister New Image Reviews

4.5 Star Reviews on Hollister New Image Two-Piece Drainable Pouch


04/28/20 by Melissa B. Got them for my grandma and they were the perfect ones! She and I are both very happy. "


Pros and Cons of Hollister New Image 2-piece Drainable Ostomy Pouch

Pros Cons
  • Does not leak.
  • Might cause pancaking.
  • Fits appropriately.
  • Might sting when applied to irritated or sensitive skin.
  • Sticks to the barrier perfectly.
  • Might need a little extra care to seal the pouch to the barrier.
Hollister New Image Two-Piece Drainable Pouch With Lock n Roll Microseal Closure And Filter



3. Adhesive and Adhesive Remover

A common problem among ostomates is that the pouch and wafer do not attach securely despite having their own adhesives. This could be because of leakage issues, pancaking, or irritated skin. 

External adhesives provide the required strength to secure the ostomy device firmly for a long time and are removed easily with an adhesive remover

Torbot Skin-Tac Adhesive Barrier Wipes

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

A wonderful solution for those with sensitive skin! These wipes create a protective layer between the tape and the skin to prevent allergies and skin irritation.  

Features of Skin-Tac Wipes

  • Hypoallergenic  
  • Easily removable with alcohol   
  • Convenient and travel-friendly packaging  
  • Allows greater adherence to appliances  


5 Star Reviews on Torbot Skin-Tac Adhesive Barrier Wipes


03/11/22 by Catherine M. love this product! use with both my Omnipod insulin pump and Freestyle Libre glucose monitors. helps with additional adhesive! will buy again "


Pros and Cons of Torbot Skin-Tac Adhesive Barrier Wipes

Pros Cons
  • Helps in keeping the insulin needle in place.
  • Contains alcohol and can burn if applied on denuded skin.
  • The adhesive lasts and combats perspiration.
  • Requires a strong adhesive remover.
Torbot Skin-Tac Adhesive Barrier Wipes



Coloplast Brava Adhesive Remover Spray

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

An easy way to remove adhesive or barrier from the skin. Simply spray the edges of the barrier or tape the border, wait a few seconds, and remove the adhesive. Does not affect the adhesion of other appliances.  

Features of Coloplast Brava Adhesive Remover

  • Travel-friendly packaging  
  • Alcohol-free  
  • Does not sting or cause skin irritation  
  • Reduces skin trauma during appliance removal  


5 Star Reviews on Coloplast Brava Adhesive Remover Spray


09/22/22 by Thomas S. The product was outstanding. I was able to easily remove my appliance with no pain!"


Pros and Cons of Coloplast Brava Adhesive Remover Spray

Pros Cons
  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Pricey.
  • Painless and easy to peel.
  • Too small.
Coloplast Brava Adhesive Remover Spray



4. Odor Eliminators

One of the biggest fear of an ostomate is odor leaking from the ostomy pouch. If the pouch does not have a filter, odor and gas gets trapped until the pouch is drained or disposed. 

Hollister M9 Ostomy Odor Eliminator Spray  

Hollister M9 colostomy bag odor eliminator helps control odor from the ostomy pouch.  

Features of Hollister M9 Spray

  • M9 Spray is safe to use inside pouches and tubing  
  • Available in both scented and unscented spray  
  • Eliminate odors in and around ostomy pouches  

Hollister M9 Reviews

4.5 Star Reviews on Hollister M9 Ostomy Odor Eliminator Spray


05/27/22 by Arlene G. Works well, removes odor in room after emptying pouch"


Pros and Cons of Coloplast Brava Adhesive Remover Spray

Pros Cons
  • Works well for eliminating strong odors.
  • Does not affect the food odor.
  • Neutralizes odor without overwhelming perfumes.
  • Has an odor of itself when mixed with waste.
Hollister M9 Ostomy Odor Eliminator Spray



5. Ostomy Belts 

Ostomy belts are great for providing support and reducing the feel of the weight of a pouch. They are wide cloth bands that are tied around the waist and have openings to hold the ostomy pouch.  

Some belts have Velcro closures or pocket-style closures, which makes them easy to put on and remove. They are discreet and thin enough to be worn under clothing. Some belts also come with tabs to attach to the skin barrier. 

Hollister Adjustable Ostomy Belt  

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

The belt attaches to an ostomy pouch and adapter to hold the pouch firmly in place and lets the wearer move around in peace.

Hollister Ostomy Belt Features  

  • Can be used on pouches with belt tabs  
  • Adjustable and fits all sizes  
  • Washable 


4. Star Reviews on Hollister Adjustable Ostomy Belt


07/20/22 by Carrie P. My daughter uses the belt at bedtime for added security. She likes how soft the material is, the belt they gave her from the hospital was so itchy, this was a good purchase. "


Pros and Cons of Hollister Adjustable Ostomy Belt

Pros Cons
  • Secures the ostomy bag effectively.
  • Belt is thin and rolls up.
  • The material feels soft against the skin.
  • Requires a bit of dexterity to place it properly.
Hollister Adjustable Ostomy Belt



6. Ostomy Pastes

Ostomy pastes are past-like substances used to fill uneven skin folds and crevices to provide a flatter surface for the appliance to stick properly. They act as a sealant and can be applied to the skin or the skin barrier. An ostomy paste can also be used in place of barrier rings or seals

Convatec Stomahesive Paste 

FSA Eligible Items FSA Approved

A paste that creates an optimum seal around the stoma by filling in uneven skin surfaces and filling gaps between the skin barrier and the stoma. It increases the wear time of the appliance and protects the skin from discharge.  

Features of Convatec Paste  

  • Creates a hydrocolloid-based barrier   
  • Applicable directly on the skin  


4.5 Star Reviews on ConvaTec Stomahesive Paste


09/03/22 by THOMAS G.” Great Product! I have been using this since 1994, and it has never failed to do its job. "


Pros and Cons of ConvaTec Stomahesive Paste

Pros Cons
  • Feels comfortable.
  • Expensive.
  • Does not cause irritation.
  • Requires hard press to get the paste out.
  • Great for when you run out of cohesive seals.
ConvaTec Stomahesive Paste



7. Other colostomy supplies

Other supplies include:  

  • Stoma powders absorb moisture from the skin surrounding the stoma to avoid skin irritation.  
  • Colostomy bag covers are available in various styles and designs to hide pouch contents.  

An ostomy is a life-saving procedure. Although the initial days are challenging, over time, you will be able to get back to your routine life with even more enthusiasm. Advancement in technology has produced many improved ostomy products to make life easier. Find the products that are right for you from our extensive range of ostomy products! 


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