Finding the right type of ostomy supplies is 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 one 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, the 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 at Ostomy.org.
Here are some tips to remember when choosing your type of Ostomy Supplies
List of Major Manufacturers
Be Aware of the different services and choices each company offer
There are several different ways to find suppliers of ostomy products
Choosing a particular ostomy product supplier is a matter of individual preference. When shopping for ostomy supplies, as for any consumer product, you can shop for service as well as for price