A pouch system collects your urine or stool, depending on your type of ostomy surgery. In a two-piece system, the skin barrier is separate from the pouch whereas in a one-piece system they are combined together.
- Closed-end pouches are designed for one-time usage, which makes them ideal for special occasions and intimate moments. Some people also prefer them for everyday use.
- There is no draining or clip to worry about. When the pouch is used, you simply remove it, place it into a disposable bag, and discard.
- Some closed-end pouches come with a filter that is designed to reduce odor and gas buildup.
- Recommended for colostomy (everyday use for some; special occasions for anyone) and ileostomy (special occasions).
- These pouches are not recommended for urostomy.
- Some people may prefer rinse-and-reuse drainable pouches. These pouches are drained simply by releasing the clip at the bottom of the pouch, allowing for quick and easy maintenance.
- These pouches are recommended for ileostomy and colostomy.
- As with other systems, urostomy pouches are available in one- and two-piece configurations. But, unlike colostomy/ileostomy systems, urostomy pouches have a drainable tap instead of a clip.
- ConvaTec offers a choice of two types of taps: the Accuseal® Tap with Valve or bendable tap, which allow for easy drainage.