This introduction will take you through all of the components of your ostomy system and help you find the right products and accessories that work for your body. Our wide range of comfortable, secure pouch and base plate options will allow you to find a customised system that works best for your ostomy type and lifestyle.
What is a Pouch?
Perhaps the most recognisable part of your ostomy system, the pouch collects your stoma’s output. A pouch should be emptied or replaced when it is one-third to one-half full. A full pouch can pull away from the barrier or skin due to the added weight and can also cause bulging under your clothes.
What is a Skin Barrier?
Also called a “wafer,” your skin barrier/base plate is the piece of the pouching system that sticks to your body. It holds your pouch in place and should help protect the skin around your stoma from damage. It should fit snugly around your stoma to help prevent leakage and have an opening customised to your unique size and shape.
One-piece Ostomy System
The skin barrier and pouch are manufactured together as one system and cannot be separated. One-piece systems can offer more discretion and flexibility for a variety of situations like exercise or other physical activities.
Two-piece Ostomy System
The skin barrier and the pouch are manufactured separately and can be applied to your body individually or together. With this option, the pouch can be removed to be changed or emptied without removing the skin barrier.
Contact our me+™ team of ostomy nurses and product specialists to find the ostomy system right for you. Call 1-800-422-8811.