Testimonials and Reviews
We've been in business since 2013 (the concept came about in 2009) and sold 1000's of StomaShields all over the world. The StomaShield has amazing satisfaction rate of 94%, even with a 30 day money back guarantee! We are touched by all the lives we have helped along the way. Below are just a few of the many thank you notes and product reviews we have received from actual StomaShield customers (young and old, male and female, etc).
In their own words...
Yes, these are real StomaShield customer's emails, letters, and online reviews!
Sir, Just a short note to say that I received my stoma shield at 5:55 PM on Monday, and my life became infinitly better at 6:00 o’clock. It produced a totally different outlook for me. I’m very thankful I found your product.— Larry - Grand Prairie, TX (ileostomy)
I received the StomaShield and tried it for a few days and it works great, especially when I’m in the car. I appreciate your inventiveness, it has definitely solved a problem.— Andrea, Vicenza, Italy (ileostomy)
I just want to thank you for all the thought you put into this. Even the belt. So that it doesn’t slide. It stays put. That is a big deal. I am so impressed with this item. It has made me feel so much more secure about doing things , about going back to work. I worried about banging into the stoma. And would have many times, but the shield protected it. I just cant tell you how happy I am with this. Thank you!!!!— Elizabeth - Ohio (colostomy)
Got the new belt for the StomaShield in the mail yesterday and wore it to work today. You hit a home run with that one. The fabric on the inside keeps it from moving around, the flat Velcro closure is great and the extra width helps it stay put. It's a huge improvement! — Carl - Minnesota
This product is Awesome! The design is amazing & the belt stays in place and it is very comfortable, as well as effective. I wasted tons of money before finding this product! Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your money on other guards like I did. This is the BEST one & I have many in my collection. This is the only one I wear now. Also, shipping is fast :)— Lydia, Pineville, LA
Had Urostomy surgery Feb 2nd 2017.
I had been doing research on products before surgery and had found StomaShield. Decided to buy one to try Feb 20th.
Received my StomaShield about 3 days later. I am so glad I decided on buying this product. I have been wearing it almost 24 hours a day.
It works great, driving with seat belt, wearing pants with belt, sleeping at night. I sleep on my stomach so while sleeping at night it keeps pressure off my stoma & pouch.
I was having problems while wearing pants with a belt. My pouch would fill above the belt & I would have to help it drain.
My wafer would leak after about 2 days. With the StomaShield I have made it 4 or 5 days. Mostly due to now the belt will not pinch off the flow. I don't get that puffy bag above the belt that puts pressure on the wafer seal. Thanks for such a great product. - David, Memphis, TN
I received my new StomaGear Shield in the mail yesterday. It seems to fit well and allows me to wear a belt with dress pants again instead of using suspenders. It felt good to attend a meeting at church last night and not be the only one wearing suspenders! Thanks again.— Rich, West Bloomfield, MI (urostomy)
Hello, random person reading this!! If you're just looking at this post and wondering "Is this really a good product?"... yes. It is great! I wasn't sure if I'd want to keep it, it looked kinda bulky and uncomfortable, but I figured I'd try it... I'm keeping mine! It's worth the money. I wear mine all day and at night... I can now interact with my cat without worrying he'll step on my stoma... I can go back to work at a nursing home... it helps with my hernia by providing extra support and keeping the bag where it needs to be (instead of the bag being weighed down by output)... I love it! :) — Leelo, Facebook Review
As a new ostomate last year the first thing I noticed was that my stoma was directly under my belt line and wearing jeans or dress pants was impossible. After wearing sweats for a few weeks, I started looking at guards to allow me to dress normally again and protect my stoma. I had initially contacted Brian with some newby questions as I was unsure of what I needed. I’ve got to tell you that the first thing that came across was Brian’s customer service. I purchased a shield and started wearing it immediately. I was no longer unable to wear jeans or use a seat belt. As an ostomate himself Brian knows what it is all about. Brian’s commitment to his customers is second to none. He fully stands behind his product and he seeks input from customers. I highly recommend his product. You won’t be disappointed. Take this from a man that owns one!— Mike, Modena, NY (ileostomy)
Just thought I’d share with you my experience and thoughts regarding your terrific product. I just got home after 3 days in Washington DC. First plane ride since before my 2011 surgery. I had no problems whatsoever! The shield works fabulously well, and I am getting used to wearing a belt again! People I hadn’t seen in 3 years said I looked great. Those that had seen me in the past year or so, thought I’d gained weight. In fact, it was just the difference of wearing low hung baggy pants with suspenders vs. wearing normal Levis with a belt! I cannot thank you enough for changing my life for the better! I wish you loads of success with the StomaGear Shield! Thanks! — Jon, Irvine, CA (urostomy)
Just got my StomaShield in the mail, all I can say is thank you very much for the quick service. Guess who just put a pair of jeans on, first time in 6 months, feel pretty good too. Thanks again.— Mike (Maryland)
Brian the shield arrived today and it fits perfectly. I’ll report to you after a few days of use but I’m sure it is going to really help. Thanks again for your prompt service and for the product itself.— Chris, Vanderhoof, BC, Canada (colostomy)
I ordered my 17 year-old son, a StomaShield back in March 2013 right before our trip to Florida. He had a temporary ileostomy placed in Feb. 2013 and plans to have his take-down at the end of June. I just wanted to let you know what a life-saver the shield has been. He wears it every day to school because it “flattens” down his pouch. He also wears it playing basketball and lifting weights. He was able to enjoy our trip to Florida and do all the things he normally did at the beach (take his shirt off, swim, boogie board in the ocean) because of his shield. He recently had some appointments with his GI doctor and surgeon and BOTH of them thought the shield was amazing and wanted to know where he got it and wanted information to pass along to some of their other patients.— Chris, Grand Rapids, MI (temporary ileostomy)
It fits good! I think I will now be able to go backpacking again & maybe even go back to playing hockey. (I’m still active for my age, 77). Thanks for your help.— Tony, Walnut Creek, CA (urostomy)
Benefits of the shields are confidence in wearing a seat belt and being able to wear my pants without looking like a geek (pants pulled up unusually high) or a young hipster with my pants so low my underwear hangs out! I can bend over with more ease. The StomaGear Shield seem to secure the appliances, preventing uncomfortable pulls. Bottom line - I have only been able to wear them about a week and a half. (I don’t wear them in bed.) I love them!— Roger, Commerce Twp, MI (ileostomy)
With the shield I feel a little more confident and can feel like I can dress “normally” :) Again thanks so much!— Jordan, Charlotte, NC (urostomy)
I love this product. I use this every day. As my stoma is on the belt line. The Stoma Guard protects my stoma. I have now done away with my suspenders to hold up my pants as now I use a belt across the Stoma Guard to tighten the belt to keep my pants up. Another things is that it protects me while I am jogging. It not only protects me but ensures that everything flows thru the stoma without any hindrance. What a relief!!!
This is a super product. All I can say is “Thank You”
This belt has been a huge help since day 1. Once I got home from the hospital my nurse left an ad insert for this belt in my care package. After reading into it I decided to order it that day, and was quickly delivered a few days later. I was worried that my stoma would get in the way of things and this has taken that all away. It allows you to wear a belt, drive a car, and not worry about other factors that may come into contact with you. It is very comfortable and comes in 3 sizes for various body shapes. I can’t imagine not wearing this everyday.
I ordered a StomaShield, small size, in April of this year and it is the best stoma guard by far!! I have had a couple of other stoma guards but had problems with them all, mainly leakage due to pancaking. I have a flush stoma which is right at my belt line. Using a convex barrier flange with the Stomashield has resulted in no leaks! It is adjustable up an down so that I can wear any pants with a belt. Even when I exercise, I wear the StomaShield and it gives me confidence when jogging or swimming! The small size allows me to bend over to pull weeds or similar activities. I am very thankful for my StomaShield, it has allowed me have more confidence in everything that I do!— Clifton, Cary, NC (colostomy)
Brian - your product and customer service are outstanding! I was able to participate in a few key important life events that I did not think possible until I got my StomaGear. It not only enables one to more comfortably wear normal clothes, but to also be in a car with the seatbelt on. Your passion for the population who needs a bag is much appreciated!— Kevin, Sugarland, TX
I recently went through surgery for bladder cancer and ended up with a urostomy positioned very high up near my ribs. I’m petite and my waistline is very low. When I wore any clothes with a waistline or belt all the fluid would stay above the belt line which was extremely uncomfortable (not to mention very noticeable). I’m extremely active, I para-row, bike, & practice yoga etc and this waistline problem was really frustrating me. I couldn’t even wear my professional every day work clothes properly. When I found StomaShield online I knew it would be the answer for me. I contacted Brian Hakel via his website he was so helpful and he answered all my questions and concerns. I ordered it the next day and it arrived only a few days later. I’m so impressed with this product! This is truly a necessity for anyone who has a stoma. It allows you to do whatever you want to without issues. Thank you Brian for taking this project on and creating this product for everyone!— Stacy G., Vancouver, BC
I placed my order for a large shield a while back in October. It worked well but it was too big. I worked with Brian for weeks and ended up with the small one. I’ve worn it for a few days and I love it. It protects my stoma and doesn’t interfere with walking, sitting or bending (I don’t have to worry about blowing the pouch seal when full (as I have before when bending without thinking). Product: ***** Customer Service: ***** (I’d give more than five stars, but max is still the max)— Rick, Sylvania, OH (ileostomy)
Now I can wear regular jeans and slacks again in comfort. I was wearing Bib overalls all the time. They are comfortable but you hate to wear them to any social activities. THANKS— Ron, Shawnee, KS (ileostomy)
Well i have been able to use the Stoma Shield for a few weeks now and I have to say it is FANTASTIC! I wore it for during my hunting trip which was a success! I was glad to have the Shield on as I bumped that area more than once! Since I had the surgery I had questioned whether I could still do all the things I loved to do, going on this Hunting trip was so good for me as it showed me that I can!!! It is also very comfortable to wear at work all day and nobody would have any idea I was wearing it under my dress clothes.— Steve, Marine City, MI (ileostomy)
Thanks Brian - for your consideration and follow through. The larger guard is perfect for me. I’ll refer you at every opportunity.— Paul, Marana, AZ (urostomy)
Hi Brian— received the StomaShield 2 day shipping as promised—didn’t waste any time putting it on. Seems to work great for me . I am very active in my wheelchair.. ride 3 wheel motorcycle etc.... I only wish I discovered it sooner.— Lou, Staatsburg, N.Y. (ileostomy)
I have been wearing this product every day since purchasing it. I used to wear suspenders to hold up my pants. Now it gives me the protection and freedom to wear any kind of pants. I give it an excellent rating.
"While many ostomates aren’t looking to protect their stoma from impact, a stoma guard can still be an extremely useful accessory when it comes to seat belts and clothing. I’ve worn the StomaShield guard for nearly two months, and I’m excited to bring you this review." - Eric, www.VeganOstomy.ca
Eric, the author of the very informative ostomy site www.VeganOstomy.ca, writes a very nice detailed product review of our StomaShield. Read the full review of the StomaShield on his site by clicking here: http://www.veganostomy.ca/2014/10/stomashield-stoma-guard-inc-review.html
Whether you are vegan or not, Eric has a lot of VERY helpful ostomy articles, tips, and reviews.
We recommend everyone with an ostomy to read his site.