Place a tape measure on a bed or the floor. Lie on top of the tape adjusting if necessary so that the tape is at the level of your stoma/hernia.
Lie flat on your back on the tape measure. Wait about 3-5 minutes allowing the hernia to recede. Sometimes it doesn’t go much flatter.
Put tape measure across your abdomen for the correct length measurement. Write it down.
To find the width of the hernia support, measure from the top of the hernia to the bottom. Assuming the hernia is around the stoma this will be the width of the belt required. The width might be 4” up to 12” depending on the size of the hernia in relation to the location of the stoma. Write it down.
To pull the pouch through the opening, the measurement needs to be specific.
Head over to the Measuring Guide (this page will open in a new window so you don't lose your place in the process) to ensure you have correct measurements as they will help you determine which belt to choose. If it is determined you have unique measurements that don’t seem to fit on our charts below, not to worry, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to complete your order over the phone!
Once you’ve picked the style, you will need to use the width measurement to select one of the three groups on the products page. For this example, let’s assume you need a 6” belt. You would choose the product labelled Elastic Hernia Belts 4” 5” or 6”. Once on the product page you will choose the exact width you need; in our example, 6”.
Once you have selected the width from the pull down menu, you will see a new menu appear for Length. Go ahead and select it now. For this example, we will choose a 37”-40” belt.
After completing that pull down, a series of pull downs will appear asking you to select your preferred Color, Opening Size, Location of Opening and if you need a Prolapse.
For our example, we have chosen a Regular Elastic 6” Belt that is 37”-40” in length. It is Black in colour with a 2 3/8” Opening on the Lower Third of the belt and no Prolapse. After each of these choices has been selected on the site, you will see a final price and can ADD TO CART. Continue shopping for other products or complete the checkout process immediately, but once finished and paid, your belt will be made and shipped direct to your door!
Put the Hernia Support Belt under your body at the level of your stoma.
Lay down to allow the hernia to recede.
Put your pouch through the opening.
Fasten the Velcro closing. Support should be snug but not too tight as you want your stoma to work efficiently.
Now stand up. You should feel supported but not uncomfortable
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us @ email@example.com if you have any questions about your belt sizing or how to correctly use it.