Stealth belt!! IS AWESOME!

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SigmaChi
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   Posted 4/28/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
So I have been anxiously waiting for this thing for a week. It finally came in today. I was darn excited to see it finally.
It is very thin, I was surprised that it wouldn't be bulkier, but it's made of some kind of stretchy material that seems pretty durable.
You put the ostomy bag inside this zippered pouch that holds the flange and bag securely in place, and it works wonderfully!! I'm so impressed/happy with it. It ended up being $115 dollars, but it is definitely money well spent. I feel more confident because the bag is secured, and my ostomy is protected better.

I actually just went grocery shopping and it was a big confidence booster to wear a button down shirt and not have any bulges or noises :) :)

I would highly, highly recommend this belt to anyone who wants to secure and hide their ostomy, while still keeping function. The site is http://stealthbelt.com . It's based out of Tennessee, and every one is custom made.

What other belts have you tried? Which one do you like best if you use one? I've heard of the Phoenix Belt & Ostomy armor.
No colon, still rollin'

Blueheron
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   Posted 4/28/2011 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have to turn the pouch sideways to use the Stealth Belt?

As far as belts, I have a several different types for various activities. I have a NU Hope hernia support belt that I have been wearing snowboarding and backpacking. I don't have a hernia, but I did have some ab incision complications which makes me slightly more at risk for getting an incisional hernia. So I put on the NU Hope belt when I know I am going to be doing something strenuous. It is different than some other belts because it provides a lot of support and doesn't cover the pouch. The pouch actually sticks out of a hole in it so that you can make it tight without affecting the flow of output from your stoma.

I also bought something called the Sport Gard from C&M Ostomy Supply. Haven't worn it yet, put plan to for rock climbing to keep my harness from rubbing on my stoma.

Other than that, I have some stretch wraps from a company called Comfizz out of England. I LOVE them. I also have some of their briefs. I don't wear these all the time, but when I want to really conceal my appliance under my clothing I wear the wraps. When I exercise I wear the briefs as they keep my pouch from flopping around and they are made out of a wicking fabric that is perfect for snow sports and hiking.

Tonight I am going to buy a Swim Wrap from Ostomy Secrets as I plan to head to the pool for the first time since surgery next week.
I really want to get some Ostomy Armor too. It looks like it would be very protective.

It is a lot of stuff to buy, but I am super active and figure that, as I have my stoma for life, I might as well get the stuff needed to make living with it as comfortable as possible.
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 infusion of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

SigmaChi
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   Posted 4/28/2011 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
You do have to turn the bag horizontally, but changing it from vertical really isn't different, I just get the output to the bottom of the bag, pinch it off, and empty in the toilet. Sounds 10 times more complicated than it is. I'm pretty active as well, Mostly on the water. This belt is waterproof since the flange goes inside the pouch, and you can adjust the sizes on it for a tighter fit for getting out, or a looser fit for lounging.
I'm definitely going to check into the underwear, they look pretty promising.

I've already showered with the belt on and it dried relatively quickly too. I'm looking forward to getting in the water with it.
No colon, still rollin'

SigmaChi
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   Posted 4/28/2011 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
And I definitely agree with you about the lot of stuff to buy. I've read on various sites where people make up quick fixes, but hell. Spend the money if it's going to benefit you better in the long run ;)
No colon, still rollin'

blueglass
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   Posted 4/29/2011 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I got the swim wrap from ostomy secrets too, as well as one of their regular wraps. I haven't been able to swim yet, so haven't tried the swim one. The regular one is OK, but it doesn't hold the whole length of my pouch, so it doubles over on itself a little , and makes it hard for me to tell when I need to change it (I haven't worn it that much). I was thinking it might be better without putting the pouch in the pocket, might try that.

Right now I like the one-piece pouches better, partly due to an unfortunate accident I had early on with a two-piece, but also because they are lighter and it just seems simpler to me (I don't have trouble getting them on). It sounds like the stealth belt doesn't work as well w/them....

Plus, I'm more of a homebody type.....not sure how much of that is from being sick so long, but I think some of it is just who I am.... so not in need of as much protection for reading a book or whatever.....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery
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