Drainable Colostomy Bags

Now that you are getting used to the fact that you have a stoma (you've just had a colostomy) that requires routine care and proper management, it's time to think about the bags (pouches).

When it comes to making the right choice, you'd find that you won't be able to in the first few weeks. For crying out loud, you are still coming to terms with your colostomy . . . Still wondering how you'll cope!

But now, assuming you've passed that stage, what bag is best to use is what you'll want to know.

First, it’s good to mention that gone are the days when having to deal with ostomy issues was a horrendous thought and untidy process, to say the least.

Unlike just a few years back when crudely formed and cumbersome-to-use traditional bags was the ONLY kind available for ostomates, technology has made life so much better for today’s colostomy patient.

Nowadays, ostomy bags and other supplies are very modern and neat, and they come with so many attractive features, in pleasing and easy-to-use forms.

Drainable Pouches

Drainable or empty-able bags are great when it comes to efficiency and savings. Many ostomates prefer these and don't have any problem with having to occasionally empty their own waste.

While some patients will rather change the whole bag when it's halfway or three-quarters way full, many feel it is way too expensive to do that. Others use a combination of disposable and drainable, depending on certain factors.

Drain-able colostomy bags are very modern and are convenient to use. No mess, no hassles, no stress. Almost fun to use, if you ask me!

Emptying is a breeze with the emptying spout at the base of the bag. When it is unfolded to open, you'll find it has a tapered shape. It is so convenient as long as a toilet is within reach. It'll just be like another visit to the rest room where you are 'doing it' sitting down on the toilet seat. Only difference? You can sit facing the toilet seat’s back . . . the opposite way, if you wish. I found it much easier to empty my bags that way.

And you'll be saving a lot of money on toilet paper.

Bags with Hideaway Outlet

The 1piece drainable colostomy bag with hide-away outlets is a popular choice amongst many ostomates. It is a modern bag that has an integrated outlet /closing system.

My favourite - Coloplast 'Assura', made by Coloplast is great because it’s an all-in-one that doesn't require clamps or foam ties. If you are an open bag user, you'll find that this will work great for you.

This modern ostomy bag which has an "integrated filter specially developed for ileostomies with less blocking and pancaking" is great for colostomy patients too, and is the bag type I used 90% of the time.

Great advantages of the integrated filter:

  • Reduces incidents of pancaking
  • Comes with little white filter covers that prevent gas from escaping
  • Reduces the risk of leakage
  • Comes with Velcro 'ears' that clasp securely over a velour plate
  • Has Upper and lower foam plates for added protection
  • A triple fold before closure system
  • 3 different sizes available - mini, midi, and maxi. The minis are quite cute.
  • They feature an anatomical design
  • The maxi and midi have an asymmetrical shape to enhance the user's comfort.
  • They come in 3 versions - soft cover, transparent, and patterned.
  • Cosmetic closure - the closed outlet can be discreetly tucked away under a soft fronting on the colostomy bag.

Additionally, the pack of pouches always come supplied with dry wipes and disposable bags

Draining Your Bag...

Never wait for your bag to fill up completely before emptying. It will not only make it feel heavy and put a strain on the stoma, it will also hang heavily and look bulky through your clothes. No, feces will not back up into your stoma opening. You, however, risk a 'bag blowout'

One more thing, if you use these drainable bags, it is recommended that you empty the contents before you remove the whole appliance from your stoma and abdomen.

© 2015 AloBeDa

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