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When should you choose a Corsinel Belt or Tube?

It’s all about individuality

In general, it is fair to say that the usage of an ostomy support belt or tube depends on each person’s individual situation and preference.

In the below table we give you our guidance to what may be determent for the choice between a Corsinel Belt or Tube.

As can be seen there is no “golden rule” in the choice: It’s entirely up to the user’s needs, challenges and preferences. Most importantly, it has the same great effect, whether the user wears a belt or a tube.

FUNCTIONALITY CORSINEL BELT CORSINEL TUBE

 

Adjustment of support level

 

Adjustment possible

The flaps of the belt have a wide hook-and-loop band which facilitates adjustment of support level.

To some users, it may be necessary or just nice to be able to open and adjust the belt to either a lower or higher support level, either for relief or for additional support.

Adjustment not possible

As a tube provides fixed support, no adjustment is possible.

 

Application

 

Easy application

If mobility is restricted, a belt is often a better choice, as it is easy to wrap the belt around the belly and close it. It is also easier to remove a belt compared to a tube.

Furthermore, a belt is very easy to apply when lying down, as it can be placed on the bed or couch with the user lying down on top of it and wrapping it around the belly to close it.

Application may be challenging

For people with restricted mobility, a tube may not be an appropriate choice.

When applying a tube, whether sitting or standing, the user has to bend down, place the feet inside the tube and pull it up afterwards, which requires unrestricted mobility, flexibility, dexterity and considerable arm and finger strength as well as a coordinated and unaffected level of balance.

Appearance

Belt may be visible under clothes

It is often difficult to hide a stoma pouch and/or a hernia underneath the clothes.

As the belt may be visible under the clothes due the flaps causing a bulky appearance, it may impair the user’s perception of attractiveness, which affects the user’s general body image negatively.

Tube gives smooth appearance

In general, a tube will provide a slimmer and smoother appearance than a belt.

Therefore many users prefer the tube to improve their body appearance and hide the stoma pouch.

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