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Finding the right ostomy bag for you isn't a decision that happens overnight. With so many different options to choose from today, it's no wonder that finding the right bag for you can be a little bit challenging. When choosing the correct type of ostomy bag for you, it's critical that you take into consideration factors such as lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. At the end of the day, you and only you are going to be the person wearing the ostomy bag. Due to this, it's essential that you choose a bag that you not only feel comfortable in but that is well-adapted to your everyday lifestyle and activities.

Differences between One Piece and Two-Piece Ostomy Bags

There are several differences between a one-piece ostomy bag and a two-piece ostomy bag. In order to wisely discern which bag is best for you, take a few moments to read about some of the pros and cons that accompany these two very different types of ostomy bags.

The Pros and Cons of One-Piece Pouches

Many people prefer to use a one-piece ostomy pouch because they have a much more discreet profile than two-piece systems and are often nearly invisible beneath clothing. If you enjoy wearing form-fitting clothes and don't want to sacrifice your personal style, then a one-piece ostomy pouch might be the ideal choice for you. Additionally, with a one-piece bag, the water/flange cannot be separated, resulting in a more secure user experience. One-piece bags do require, however, that the water or flange be changed at every bag change, which has the potential to cause some irritation for users. Furthermore, when you change the bag on a one-piece unit, everything must be positioned around the stoma right. This can be somewhat time-consuming. Last but not least, with a one-piece unit, you may go through more skin barrier pastes, tapes and adhesive removers than you would with a two-piece unit.

You may be interested in some of the one-piece ostomy systems that we carry, such as ActiveLife One-Piece Drainable Cut-to-Fit Pouch with Stomahesive Skin Barrier.

The Pros and Cons of Two-Piece Pouches

There are several advantages to investing in a two-piece ostomy system. With a two-piece ostomy system, the flanges or wafers can remain in place for two to four days, which is much gentler on the skin than the frequent changes that a one-piece system requires. Additionally, with a two-piece system, you can easily change the size of the bag you are using. You can conveniently switch to a smaller bag for intimate moments or for swimming, and effortlessly slip on a regular-sized bag for everyday activities. Bag changes with a two-piece system are much quicker than one-piece systems, which is ideal for people who lead an active and engaging lifestyle. One of the disadvantages to using a two-piece system is that they're much bulkier than one-piece systems, are more prone to leaking and are slightly more expensive than one piece systems.

You may be interested in some of the two-piece ostomy bag kits that we carry, such as Sensura Click Barrier.

How to Choose

Choosing the right ostomy bag for you will depend heavily upon a number of different factors. Some of the things that may influence what type of ostomy bag you decide to get include the type of ostomy surgery that you had, personal preferences, the need for a skin barrier and the different types of daily activities that you perform. Many people find that it's convenient to have both types of ostomy bags on hand to suit different types of situations and activities. After you've decided between a one-piece pouch or two-piece pouch, you will need to decide between a drainable pouch or a closed-end pouch.

Drainable pouches, which are available in both one-piece and two-piece systems, allow users to empty the contents of the pouch and potentially reuse the pouch. Used primarily by people with ileostomies and people whose stool is semi-formed, drainable pouches require fewer changes than closed-end pouches, are easy to empty and ideal for people with liquid or semi-solid output.

Closed-end Pouches, which are also available in one-piece or two-piece systems, are not reusable. Closed-end pouches are thrown away once the pouch is full and are ideal for formed, solid output. Many manufacturers make flushable pouch liners, which are ideal for people who lead a busy lifestyle and who do not have time to empty and clean a pouch.

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Ostomy Pouch Patient Applications

  • Store Bodily Waste with Various Sized Pouches for Patient Convenience
  • Create an Air-Tight Seal against the Body to Hygienically Transfer Waste without Contaminating Surrounding Skin
  • Discretely and Safely Dispose of Bodily Waste