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PRESS RELEASE: StomaGear introduces new and improved ostomy guard and clothing solution.

KATY, TEXAS (June 2, 2014): StomaGear, Inc., an innovator in ostomy protection and ostomy clothing solutions, will bring to market an improved guard on June 18th.

The new StomaShield material retains the lightweight properties of the previous StomaGear shield designs, but offers improved impact resistance and durability. Additionally, the shape of the shield provides greater clearance for the stoma allowing the output to channel more easily into the lower portion of the bag, even while sitting. The new shape will remain discreet, providing ample clearance without increasing the profile of the shield itself. 

People with an ostomy have a surgically-created opening (or stoma) for the discharge of bodily waste, commonly as a result of certain cancers or bowel disease. A majority of stomas are located within 2 inches above, or below, the waistline. The placement of the stoma often causes clothing and seat belts to interfere with the stoma, causing discomfort, and the bag, constricting the output. Without ostomy protection, everyday functions can be a significant challenge. 

“Living with an ostomy can be a very challenging experience,” said Brian Hakel, Founder and President of StomaGear, Inc. “After living with an ileostomy for 5 years and listening to so many other people with an ostomy, we realized that a large number of ostomy patients are in need of stoma protection and clothing solutions.”

StomaGear’s newest shield will be available for purchase on the StomaGear website at www.StomaGear.com on June 18th.  The latest product will be showcased at the WOCN® Society's 46th Annual Conference June 22-25th for nurses to take a up close view.

About StomaGear
StomaGear’s mission is to provide everyday stoma protection and clothing solution to suit everyone with an ostomy. This involves creating a shield that is readily available, with 3 sizing options, and a 30-day money back guarantee. StomaGear has grown into a company helping people all over the world with an ostomy enjoy life again.

www.StomaGear.com
© 2014 StomaGear, Inc.
Patent Pending in the USA

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  • Brian Hakel

Record month for StomaGear!

Every month is better than the last since we started.  We are pretty excited here at StomaGear as this young company keeps gaining momentum  With our small budget, we started off relying heavily on the internet and word of mouth.  Later on, we tried advertising in the Phoenix magazine and now we will be attending the WOCN annual conference this summer.  We really look forward to making so many nurses aware of our product (and solution) for their patients.  

During this increase in demand already this year, we started investing in faster, higher quality manufacturing.  I can't wait to show everyone these improvements, hopefully in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, we will continue to reinvest in the company and take care of our customers.  When we do that, good things will happen.

  • Brian Hakel

Looking back, moving forward

Five years ago today I had my ileostomy surgery.  I'm very thankful to have this surgery done.  It literally gave me a new lease on life.  No longer fighting a nasty 10 year stretch with Ulcerative Colitis, I am able to live a much better quality life.  The only downside was managing the ileostomy bag.  Considering how bad of shape I was in before, this was hardly a setback.  I will take that trade off any day, to not live with Ulcerative Colitis again.  Getting back to work was a challenge with the bag.  After trying one of the shields in the market, I found myself modifying, tinkering, and completely redesigning it to meet my needs.  Eventually I started making my own shield.  I started to share my concept with others, getting a lot of feedback in the process.  In less than a year, I had figured out how to make this design work for a majority of the body shapes, sizes, and stoma locations.  It's not perfect and never will be.  We are just all too unique to make one size fits all.  That's why I have the 30 day exchange/return policy.  You won't know until you try it.  Most of the time, I get it right, and the customers are happy.  I sat down and ran the numbers the other day and an astounding 97% keep their shield and don't return it within 30 days.  That level of customer satisfaction (plus the great testimonials) gives me the confidence that I am on the right track.  Hopefully, the StomaShield, will help many more with their "new lease on life" too. 

  • Brian Hakel

Nurses, come see us at WOCN National Conference in Nashville!

We will be attending our first WOCN National conference this June in Nashville, TN!  We look forward to meeting more nurses across the country and spreading the word on our life changing product.  If you plan on attending the conference, drop us a line or stop by booth #1025.  We look forward to connecting with as many folks as possible!

- Brian

  • Brian Hakel

New online store!

We continue to re-invest into this company.  Not only in our products and manufacturing, but in our website too!  I've made the online checkout more secure by upgrading to the latest PCI compliant shopping cart, made the store section of the website secure and encrypted  (as you will see with "https" designation), and a more seamless experience when completing your order. I believe I have all the issues ironed out, but if you catch something odd, please let me know and I will address it right away.  Thank you so much for all your support!

- Brian

  • Brian Hakel

Should stoma protection be recommended?

I'm curious, not for the benefit of my company, but for the well being of ostomates everywhere: why isn't stoma protection recommended for everyone by the medical community?  It puzzles me that we are left with this stoma unprotected, which is to a degree "sensitive", compared to the rest of our body.   While other surgeries get casts, crutches, wheelchairs to allow the wound to heal, I suppose the medical community treats our stoma as "healed"?  I think this is why insurance coverage for stoma protective devices is non existent to date.  So those of us with a stoma (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy) are left in a conundrum, and looking for answers: How to protect our stoma?  

What do you think?  Let me know in the poll below.

Ostomy Protection Survey Ostomy Protection Survey What do you think? Should Stoma Protection be Recommended?
Thank you!
  • Brian Hakel