Different Types of Ostomy Pouches

The world of ostomy is a vast one, and it is largely unknown to the general public. Now, this makes sense when you think about it. Ostomy knowledge and related facts are usually not known by most people because they really have no reason to know about those things. This type of knowledge really only applies to those who have ostomies themselves. However, I happen to have a lot of knowledge about ostomies and ostomy supplies because I have to write 12 of these dumb articles every week.

I know that it may be hard to believe, but I do not actually find enjoyment or fulfillment in writing these articles out. Rather, it is actually a huge pain in the butt to write about ostomy and I know much more about the procedure than I ever wished to. However, I find myself, yet again, writing these brainless articles about ostomy and wishing that I were doing something else. However, I do happen to know a lot about the different types of ostomy pouches, so I decided that it would be a good idea for me to come on here and talk about them a little bit.

So the first thing you need to know is that there are two basic types of ostomy pouches. More specifically, the most common types are the one-piece pouches and the two-piece pouches. One-piece ostomy pouches, as the name suggests, are ostomy pouches that come as one whole attached system, and cannot be taken apart like other types of pouches. The important thing to know about one-piece pouches is that the skin barrier does not separate from the actual ostomy bag. This is important because, when you change the ostomy pouch, you have to remove the entire skin barrier as well. For some people this is not a huge issue; however, if you are removing the skin barrier constantly, you may find some agitation that can take place on the skin around your stoma. That being said, one-piece ostomy pouches are great for certain situations.

One situation would be working out, since the one-piece pouch is less bulky and more low profile than say a two-piece pouch. A one-piece pouch may also be better for certain social situations where you do not want people to know that you are wearing an ostomy pouch. Since it is a lower profile, the one-piece pouch is easier to conceal under your clothes and that makes it harder for people to notice it. So if you don’t want anyone to know you are wearing an ostomy pouch or you plan on going to get some exercise, the one-piece pouch may be your best bet.

In contrast, the two-piece ostomy pouch is one where the skin barrier and the ostomy bag detach from each other, making it  much easier to change out your ostomy pouch on the fly. These types of pouches are really handy when you are just moving about at home or going about your daily life. Not having to take off the skin barrier every time you go for a change is a huge game changer in my opinion. I will say that there are appropriate uses for both a one-piece and a two-piece ostomy pouch, so honestly either are very good choices depending on the situation.

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