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Ostomy belt with peristomal hernia support

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Ostomy Belt with Peristomal Hernia Support
Common Names: Ostomy belt, hernia belt, support belt
Technical/Medical Terms: A4396


An Ostomy Belt with Peristomal Hernia Support is a specialized medical device designed to support the abdominal area around a stoma and reduce the risk of developing a hernia. It is worn around the waist and helps to secure ostomy appliances, thus providing comfort and security to individuals with a stoma.


The ostomy belt with peristomal hernia support addresses abdominal weaknesses around the stoma, preventing or managing hernias that can develop in this area. The goal is to provide support, reduce discomfort, and improve the quality of life for those living with a stoma.


  • Individuals with an ostomy (colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy).
  • Patients who have developed or are at risk of developing a peristomal hernia.
  • Those seeking additional support for their ostomy appliances.


  • Patients should discuss the need for the belt and receive a fitting from a healthcare professional.
  • No specific fasting or medication adjustments are typically required for simply wearing an ostomy belt.
  • A physical examination may be conducted to assess the best type and size of the belt required.

Procedure Description

  1. Fitting the Belt: The patient will be measured to determine the correct size of the ostomy belt.
  2. Application: The belt is placed around the waist, ensuring that the aperture aligns with the stoma.
  3. Adjusting: Tighten or loosen the belt as needed to ensure it provides appropriate support without being too restrictive.
  4. Securing the Appliance: Once positioned, the ostomy appliance will be secured with the belt.

No anesthesia or sedation is involved in the process as it is a non-invasive procedure.


The fitting and initial adjustment typically take about 15-30 minutes.


  • Outpatient clinic
  • Homecare settings
  • Specialty medical supply stores


  • Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) Nurse
  • Ostomy care specialists
  • Healthcare provider (for assessment)

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation from prolonged use or improper fit.
  • Discomfort if the belt is overly tight.
  • Rarely, pressure sores if not correctly adjusted.


  • Improved support and security for ostomy appliances.
  • Reduced risk of developing peristomal hernias.
  • Enhanced comfort and confidence in daily activities.
  • Immediate relief and support felt upon proper application.


  • No recovery time is needed as it’s a supportive device rather than a surgical procedure.
  • Patients are advised on proper usage and skin care.
  • Follow-up appointments may be needed to reassess fit and efficacy.


  • Standard non-supportive ostomy belts
  • Hernia repair surgery for severe cases.

Pros of Alternatives:
Standard belts may be less restrictive.
Surgery can provide a permanent solution.

Cons of Alternatives:
Less support from standard belts.
Higher risk and recovery time with surgery.

Patient Experience

  • The patient will feel increased abdominal support and may notice a reduction in hernia-associated discomfort.
  • Initial adjustment to wearing the belt may be required.
  • Pain management generally involves addressing skin irritation or soreness if any arise.

Comfort measures include selecting a belt made from breathable materials and ensuring a proper fit to avoid constriction or skin issues.

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