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Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:02 pm
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For those with a colostomy but no hernia, do you wear (a) support belt or wrap (b) support underwear (c) ostomy underwear with no support (d) regular underwear? If you wear support underwear, where do you get them? If you wear ostomy underwear, where do you get them? I live in Canada.

Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:31 pm

I have a hernia belt custom made for me and paid for by adl.  I wear hanes cotton briefs from Walmart.

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Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:40 pm

I ware a bandeau (tube top) to hold things close. They are from the Bay for $25.00, a Fasion Form product. Last time they did not have any plane ones, they were padded or had boneing up the side. Padding would not work for me, I have two with boneing that I am trying, seem OK. They said to try Victorias Secert or online for plane ones.

Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:51 pm
G’mornig Ali,
I wear jockey high waisted panties. I get them from Macy’s , I don’t use a hernia belt. It feels like a girdle but of course it isn’t, but it does a good job holding the bag in place. Hope that helped!
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:44 am

Hello Ali.

 Although you are asking people with no hernia to comment, it is as well to consider that prevention of hernias should be a priority and, who better to comment than those who suffer? I wear an adjustable belt from CUI but even that is not enough to hold in my hernia, so I wear a belt over that, which is one of three different ones. one of them is a fairly wide back brace, another is a sturdy belt for carrying tools and, my favourite one, which I wear most of the time, is a simple belt that is designed to keep people from falling out of wheelchairs. I wear this inside out with the large, smooth plastic buckle sited directly over the stoma to keep pressure on the hernia. It only works because I irrigate and don't have output during the day. Interestingly, I cannot wear a belt to hold up my trousers because the weight of the trousers moves the belt, which in turn makes the stoma sore and very uncomfortable.

Best wishes  Bill

Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:32 pm

Thank you all for your comments. I am trying to see what most people use or don't use. I don't have a hernia and don't want one. I am an active person with my activity level going up so I don't want a hernia. I am floored by the price of ostomy underwear, belts and wraps. 

Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:45 pm

Hi Ali,

I have an ileostomy. I wear string bikini underwear. It just works for me. I don't use any support underwear. Hate stuff on my waistline. And I do have a small peristomal hernia, no big deal. You can use a pregnant support wrap if you want to cover. They are available fairly cheap at Target or other stores.

Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:48 pm

Hi Ali,

For me, searching for appropriate underwear, Bra's and bathing suits ( that support both belly and bust) , has a always been difficult.  I've had my ostomy for over 50+ years....and although I don't like having anything " tight" around my waist, I've always worn a light support / stretch panty.   That's mostly because I was " inflated" with fluids ( from steroids) when I had my surgery, and then after it, I  had to wear a back brace....for almost a year.  ( Degenerative Disc disease / Osteo porosis).   After the surgery, and off the medications, I lost all the water weight, but found that the skin on both my belly and " boobs",  lost esasticity, &  texture.No more did I have a flat teen/ belly.   But the elastic panty served me well, even though they were often too high.  It took me into my 20's to spend the extra money, to  have the undies cut down, and a lighter elastic put in.   When I find panties that " fit".  I buy a dozen..  or more.  I tried the high leg, Jockey stretch....but they were  way to light to hold in both my belly, and to keep my pouch in place.   Years ago, I found a style in one of the plus sized stores, that really worked well, because the waist was low, didn't bind or irritate, but kept the pouch firmly against my belly.  They still make the same style.....so I buy another dozen every  few years.    In the past, when a bathing suit material was too thin, I wore a pair of panties under it....just to be safe.   But these days, many suits come with that control belly panel....which serves the purpose.   At night, I just wear a cotton brief, to keep my pouch in place, in case I try to roll over.   Haven't slept on my belly for 50+ years.   I hope  this helps...   Kudos to you...Vikinga..  I have never worn, a string bikine, much less  string bikini underwear.... Sigh...  I didn't have the figure for it, when Ii was 12 ( and got sick) and after surgery.....I was a lumpy bumpy mess.  But no real regrets....because I'm alive..   These are just " shopping" challenges.   

Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:44 am

Hi Ali,

I live in Canada too and there are great places to buy osto underwear, I am in BC, and there is a great ostomycare place in New Westminster, not sure where you are.  I do not wear anything like that - only regular undies (Jockey) as I irrigate and only wear a very small stoma cover pouch.

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