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Stoma cap

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HCPCS Procedure A5055: Stoma Cap

Name of the Procedure:

  • Common Name: Stoma Cap
  • Technical/Medical Term: Ostomy Cap or Surgical Stoma Cover


A stoma cap is a small covering used to protect a stoma, which is an opening created surgically on the body's surface to divert waste. Stoma caps are typically used by patients with colostomies or ileostomies to ensure hygiene and comfort.


  • Medical Conditions: Utilized in stoma care for patients with colostomies or ileostomies.
  • Goals: To maintain cleanliness, protect the stoma from infections, and manage odor.


  • Specific Symptoms/Conditions: Suitable for individuals with diverting stomas resulting from surgeries such as colectomies or ileostomies.
  • Criteria: Appropriate for patients whose stomas produce less frequent or minimal output. Also used for short-term protection during activities such as swimming or physical exercise.


  • Pre-Procedure Instructions: Ensure the stoma and surrounding skin are clean and dry. No fasting or specific medication changes required unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider.
  • Diagnostic Tests: None required; however, routine stoma assessments may be necessary.

Procedure Description

  1. Cleaning: Clean the stoma and surrounding skin with mild soap and water.
  2. Drying: Gently dry the area using a soft towel.
  3. Application: Place the stoma cap over the stoma, adhering it securely to the skin to ensure a snug fit.
  4. Monitoring: Check the cap regularly for any signs of leakage or discomfort.
  • Tools/Equipment: Stoma cap, adhesive if needed.
  • Anesthesia/Sedation: Not applicable.


The application of a stoma cap typically takes a few minutes.


Can be performed at home or in an outpatient setting under the guidance of a healthcare professional.


  • Healthcare Professionals: Nurses, ostomy care specialists, or the patient themselves post-training.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Skin irritation or mild discomfort.
  • Rare Risks: Infection or allergic reaction to adhesive materials. If complications arise, medical consultation should be sought.


  • Expected Benefits: Enhanced hygiene, protection from infection, and odor control.
  • Realization: Benefits can be immediate; comfort and cleanliness are noticeable shortly after application.


  • Post-Procedure Care: Regular cleaning and changing of the stoma cap as needed, monitoring for skin irritation.
  • Recovery Time: Immediate return to normal activities.
  • Follow-up: Routine check-ups with a healthcare provider if any issues are noted.


  • Other Options: Traditional ostomy bags, closed-end pouches, or stoma plugs.
  • Pros and Cons: Stoma caps are less bulky and more discreet but may not be suitable for high-output stomas.

Patient Experience

  • During the Procedure: Generally painless; may feel slight pressure when applying the cap.
  • After the Procedure: Patients typically experience improved comfort and hygiene. Pain management is usually not necessary, but moisturizers or barrier creams can help with any skin irritation.

This markdown text provides a comprehensive overview of the HCPCS Procedure A5055 for a stoma cap, suitable for educational and informational purposes.

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