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; in a one-piece system they are combined together. Pouch types may include:
- 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.
- These pouches are recommended for colostomy (everyday use for some; special occasions for anyone) and ileostomy (special occasions). They 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.