Common Issues Addressed by Stealth Belt
Concealment / Discrete Solution
It can take time to adjust to having an ostomy, especially when it comes to the appearance. One of the leading concerns among ostomy patients is the visibility of their appliance under clothes. The Stealth Belt features a zippered pouch in the belt that completely conceals the ostomy appliance, and is designed to be as low profile and discrete under clothes as possible. The zipper allows for easy access to the bag when it is time to empty, so there is no need to remove the belt throughout the day. By keeping the bag hidden from sight, the Stealth Belt helps keep appliances well-hidden under clothes and allows patients to feel more confident in their appearance throughout the day.
A common challenge that ostomy patients face after surgery is preventing leaks in the appliance. Stealth Belts have been shown to help prevent leaks for those who have ostomies by applying gentle pressure to the adhesive and over the flange. The bottom-most layer of the Stealth Belt is custom tailored to fit patients particular appliance so that when the belt is tightened down, it provides an evenly distributed pressure to the adhesive of the appliance. The top layer of the belt that conceals the bag also applies gentle pressure but is made with a stretch fabric that allows for output to flow without issue. Stealth Belts also hold the weight of the bag in their internal pouch, which reducing tugging sensations from the adhesive as the appliance fills. This also helps the adhesive stay more firmly attached to the skin, because it will not be responsible for holding up excess weight from the appliance and output. Due to these features, Stealth Belt users have reported longer wear time from their appliances and less irritation from the adhesive tugging on sensitive skin.
Swimming & Exercise
After surgery, many ostomy patients are concerned about whether they will be able to swim or exercise regularly again. Ostomy appliances are made to be able to get wet - from water or from sweat - but they are more susceptible to shifting while this is the case. Keeping the appliance's adhesive from moving or shifting while being used in the water or during exercise is key to preventing leaks and irritation. Stealth Belts are uniquely suited to address this issue and keep the ostomy appliance firmly in place while swimming or moving around in a vigorous way. Stealth Belts are made from high-performance fabrics that are lightweight, breathable, and quick drying. The material is commonly used in swim and athletic clothing, meaning it is great for use in the water or during vigorous exercise. Stealth Belt also offers a neoprene option for those who need the ultimate support solution for extreme water activities such as surfing or wakeboarding.
The Stealth Belts are classified as peristomal hernia support belts. When worn tightly enough, our standard belt models provide a degree of hernia support for patients who are concerned with the possibility of developing a hernia after surgery. For patients who have pre-existing hernias, we can add reinforcement to our belts that will provide additional pressure around the hernia site and help prevent the hernia from getting worse. Patients who have peristomal hernias will be wearing these belts all-day, every day, so we believe that it is worth the extra effort to have something custom tailored to be as comfortable as possible. For this reason, our Hernia Belts are custom made by special request, meaning that we speak directly with the patient to understand their specific condition. We design the belts to provide additional support where they need it, and not have excess material and bulk where they don’t.