Ostomy Association of South Texas
Finding the right type of ostomy supplies is an essential for living well with an ostomy. After surgery one leaves the hospital wearing a particular brand of ostomy equipment. Many people stay with their initial brand and live happily. However, there is more than one manufacturer of ostomy supplies, as well as more than on way to purchase them. Your ET nurse is a good source of information on these ostomy products.
Your choice of both product type and place of purchase is limited only by your personal needs, and in some cases, by your type of medical insurance. Medicare and many HMOs will impose certain restrictions on the purchase of ostomy supplies. If you are on Medicare, an important consideration in choosing a supplier is whether they accept Medicare assignment. Always check with your insurance carrier to determine the details of your insurance. Also review Insurance Issues on the UOAA .org site.