Ostomy products & Accessories
Welcome to the world of ostomy products. It can be daunting to see the array of different products and to know which one would be the best for you.
We know that just as you an individual and a unique person, your ostomy needs will be unique. We are here to help you find the pouching system that works best for you.
- No odor
- No leakage
- Reliable wearing time
- Easy to apply – the fewer products the better
- Enables you to participate in life: working, swimming, showering, being intimate, enjoying travel – everything you did before surgery
Types of pouching systems
There are several different types of pouching systems. Each manufacturer has each type of pouching system and accessory. Below you will find information about the basics of pouching systems.
Types of flanges
Flanges are called many things: base plates, barriers, wafers, and more. We use the term flange when referring to the piece of the pouching system that adheres to the skin.
Some flanges are flat. Some flanges are convex, which means that it has a bump that goes toward the skin. Convex flanges are used for several reasons, including for a stoma that is flush with skin level or below, or for people who have indentations around their stoma. Each company makes their own shape and depth of convexity. This photos shows just some of the variations available.
Pre-cut flanges: no more cutting!
Almost all pouching systems come in pre-cut (the hole is already made for you) and cut-to-fit (you cut the opening for your stoma). Once your stoma is no longer swollen, often people prefer a pre-cut flange (also called a wafer, skin barrier or base plate).
Components of a pouching system
Finding the right pouching system for you means first identifying which flange works best for your abdomen and stoma. After that, you and your ET nurse will look at which options, outlined below, will work best for you.
Each system is made up of a flange (the part that adheres to your skin) and a pouch. Sometimes these two pieces are separate, and sometimes they are a single unit. The type of pouch you use will depend on what kind of stoma you have. People may also use accessories to ensure a good seal.
|One-piece systems||Two-piece systems|
|Tap or Spout||
Some pouches with spouts are for stomas with very liquid stool – these are called “high-output” pouches
|Remover wipes and sprays||
|Skin protectant wipes and sprays||
|Tape barrier strips||