A drainable ostomy pouch, also known as a colostomy bag or ileostomy bag, is a medical device used by individuals who have undergone ostomy surgery. Ostomy surgery involves creating an opening (stoma) in the abdomen through which bodily waste (feces or urine) can be expelled when the natural route of elimination is compromised due to various medical conditions.
The drainable ostomy pouch is designed to collect and contain the expelled waste, ensuring hygiene and preventing soiling of clothing. These pouches are typically made of odor-resistant materials and come in various sizes and designs to accommodate different stoma placements and body types. The pouches consist of the following components:
• Closure System
• One-Piece or Two-Piece System
• Disposable or Reusable
It’s important for individuals with an ostomy to work closely with healthcare professionals, such as stoma nurses or ostomy care specialists, to choose the right type of pouch and learn proper care techniques. This helps ensure comfort, hygiene, and overall well-being for those living with an ostomy.