Pouching systems - overview


Everyone who has a stoma will need to have a pouch and an adhesive skin barrier. In a two-piece system, the skin barrier is separate from the pouch; in a one-piece system they are combined together.

What is a pouch? What is a skin barrier? Choosing the right size


A pouch collects your urine or faeces, depending on your type of stoma surgery.
Pouch types may include:

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A skin barrier adheres to your skin around the stoma, helps to protect your skin from stoma output, and attaches the pouch to your body.

Skin barriers include:

  • Standard wear, which are best when managing a colostomy.
  • Extended wear, which are designed to provide greater protection from stoma output, typical with an ileostomy or urostomy.

Skin barrier openings vary in fashion, including:

  • Cut-to-fit-can be cut to accommodate your stoma size.
  • Pre-cut-available in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate your stoma size, without the need for cutting.
  • Mouldable-stoma opening is moulded to fit individual stoma shape and size. Creates a snug fit around the stoma, designed to provide greater leakage protection than traditional barriers.

At ConvaTec, our skin barriers come in the following varieties:

Esteem+DRN pouch


After surgery, your stoma may be swollen. The swelling will go down, and it will gradually shrink in size after a few months. Because of this change in the weeks and months following surgery, it is important to measure your stoma to ensure that the size of your pouching system is still appropriate. You may want to periodically remeasure your stoma to ensure you are still wearing the correctly sized pouching system.1

  • In terms of convenience, closed-end pouches are designed for one-time usage, which makes them ideal for special occasions and intimate moments, or even for everyday use. Some pouches come with a filter that is designed to reduce odour and gas buildup. There is no draining or clip to worry about. When you are ready, you simply remove the pouch, place it into a disposable bag, and discard it.
  • Recommended for colostomy (everyday use for some or special occasions for anyone), ileostomy (special occasions).
  • Not recommended for urostomy.
  • Some people with an ileostomy or colostomy may prefer drainable pouches, which can be drained simply by releasing the clip at the bottom of the pouch. You can rinse and reuse these.
  • Recommended for ileostomy
  • Recommended for colostomy
  • People living with a urostomy have unique needs. As with other systems, urostomy pouches are available in one- and two-piece configurations. But, unlike the other systems, urostomy pouches have a tap instead of a clip. There is a choice of two types of taps with ConvaTec.
  • For urostomy

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