According to United Ostomy Association estimates a little more than 500,000 Americans had some type of stoma in 2003. The results of Home Care Monday's market research reveal even higher numbers. They indicated that there were 800,000 ostomy patients in the United States in 2000. What's more, the researchers expected that number would grow at an annual rate of 3%.
With approximately 70,000 new ostomates, under different forms of ostomy, (ie, Colostomy, Ileostomy or Urostomy), occurring every year in Canada and the United States, chances are if you are not an ostomy patient, you know someone who is. In fact, famous people ranged from the Queen Mother to Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill to actress Loretta Young to Pope John Paul II have all had some form of ostomy procedure.
Individuals who undergo colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy operations often do so with trepidation, fearing their lives will never be the same. But most of them soon find themselves returning to their regular activities, going about life just as they did before. The biggest change they encounter from the outside is the care of their stomas.
Colostomies, ileostomies or urostomies do require some getting used to. All of a sudden, ostomates are having to stock their medicine cabinets with a host of ostomy products they never even think about before. Just when they believe they are getting used to their stoma, they may find them out of a necessary ostomy care product and forced into a very public situation where they must put their condition in front of the world.
But in-person pharmacies are not the only place ostomates can turn for the ostomy products they require. The Internet has opened up a whole new way for them to get their hands on the health care items that they need, without ever having to face the embarrassment of a checkout person, or for that matter even leave the comfort of their home.
Online providers of health care products offer ostomates access the top names in ostomy products. Their selection is often far superior to what one can find in a brick-and-mortar store. What's more, because online ostomy product suppliers buy in bulk but do not have the expenses that maintaining a storefront necessitates, they can pass on their cost savings to their customers.
Shoppers who buy their ostomy products over the Internet from a trust supplier will, in fact, often save 15% or more over what they would pay at retail. They will not, however, have to sacrifice their favorite brand names in exchange for that value.
More often than not, they will find the exact same ostomy products their doctor recommends. Trusted brands like Natura, ActiveLife, Convatec, DuoLock, VisiFlow, AllCare, Sur-Fit and Esteem Synergy are just some of those they will recognize as they browse online. They'll also find a wide array of ostomy products ranging from stomas and skin barriers to pouches, wipes, comfort panels, irrigation sleeves, irrigators, low-pressure adapters and inserts, and everything in between.
Why deal with the hassles of in-person buying of ostomy products when the online alternative is so much better?