Nearly one million people in North America have ostomies, and 70,000 new ostomy surgeries are performed each year. People learn to lead very normal lives with temporary and permanent ostomies of all kinds. They work, have children, eat well, and lead active lives.
The two major brands we stock are Hollister and Convatec, and can special order Coloplast. They come in a 1-piece, which is a skin barrier and pouch all in one, or a 2-piece, which is a skin barrier wafer separate from the pouch. The 2-piece is more convenient as you can leave the skin barrier on the abdomen and just change the pouch. They come in several different sizes as to the size of your stoma in either pre-cut or cut your own opening. The pouches come in different types as to what type of Ostomy you have.
A Urostomy is a ostomy (surgical opening) created to drain urine. A Urostomy allows urine to flow out of the body after the bladder has been removed.
A Urostomy pouch that has a drain valve at the bottom to empty the urine from the pouch. A night drain bag can be attached for night time so you will not have to get up in the middle of the night to empty your pouch.
A Colostomy is a surgically created opening into the colon (large intestine) through the abdomen. Its purpose is to allow the stool to bypass the diseased or damaged colon.
A Colostomy pouch comes in either a drainable (open end) that can be emptied or closed that you would throw away.
An Ileostomy is a surgically created opening in the small intestine through the abdomen. With an Ileostomy, a section of the small intestine and large intestine (colon) have been removed or bypassed.
The drainable pouch (open end) is used for the Ileostomy.
It is very important for the skin around the stoma to remain healthy and free of irritation. We carry several products to help with this. We have skin prep barrier wipes and spray (this will prep the skin, making it tacky for the skin barrier to stick and come off easier), adhesive remover wipes and liquid (to remove any adhesive left on from the skin barrier), Stomahesive paste, Adapt paste, Stomahesive powder, Eakin seal rings and pouch deodorant drops to help with any odor that may come with your ostomy.
UROLOGICAL (CATHETER SUPPLIES)
We carry the intermittent catheter, Foley catheter, and the male external catheter (condom style) in stock. The intermittent catheter is a catheter that is inserted into the bladder to empty it and then removed.
The Foley catheter is inserted into the bladder and a small balloon is inflated to keep the catheter in place. It is then hooked up to either a leg bag (worn on the leg) or to a night drain bag (larger bag to use at night time). The Foley catheter is usually kept in place for up to 30 days. You would need to purchase a catheter insertion tray, which comes with the prefilled syringe to inflate the balloon to keep in place.
The male external catheter is adhesive and hooks up to a leg bag or night drain bag.
The intermittent catheter comes in several sizes (8 FR - 18 FR) (determined by your doctor) and comes in either clear latex free or red rubber. It also can be special ordered in a coude tip. The Foley catheter comes in 14 FR - 30 FR with either a 5 cc or 30 cc balloon. (Also determined by your doctor).
Over time, your doctor may increase the size to a larger size if you get leaking around your catheter. The male external catheter also comes in several sizes from 23 mm to 35 mm. These are sometimes determined by trial and error. The leg bags come in 2 capacity sizes: 19 ounce and 32 ounce. The leg straps are either latex or fabric with Velcro. The night drain bag is 2000 ml and can be special ordered in a 4000 ml size.
If you have any questions regarding these products, please don't hesitate to contact us.