Ostomy Product Basics

Ostomy Product Information

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At first, living with an ostomy can feel as if your whole world is going to change. It’s normal to have many feelings and questions. But you’re not alone. With me+, we completely surround you with the support, inspiration, insights and ideas that you need to live with an ostomy in your own way. Ostomy nurses and product specialists are just a phone call away. Have specific questions about what ostomy products might be right for you? Call the me+ team at 1-800-422-8811.  

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 skin barrier options will allow you to find a customized system that works best for your ostomy type and lifestyle.

Ostomy product basics what is a pouch

What is a Pouch?

Perhaps the most recognizable 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.

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What is a Skin Barrier?

Also called a “wafer,” your skin barrier 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 customized to your unique size and shape.

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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.

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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.