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Colorectal Cancer: Ostomy

The Ostomy Pouch

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You will need to wear the ostomy pouch collecting system all the time.

  • The pouch collects stool or urine, contains the odor and protects the skin around the stoma.
  • The pouch sticks or adheres to the skin around the stoma.
  • Pouches are lightweight. They lie flat against the body.
  • Pouches come in different sizes and styles.  In addition to information from your doctor and/or nurse, you can find information about pouches online at offsite link  As you will see, there are one and two piece systems, drainable pouches with a variety of closure methods, and closed end pouches. Pouches can be transparent (as they usually are in the hospital) or opaque so you cannot see what is inside. There are also belts to hold the bag against your body. Skin barrier pastes are available to fill body folds or uneven areas around the stoma for a better seal with the skin.

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