Ostomy Bags

Ostomy Bags come in three different types and with numerous options. The three types of ostomy bags are colostomy bags, ileostomy bags and urostomy bags. A colostomy is a surgically created opening into the colon through the abdomen. Its allows the stool to bypass a diseased or damaged part of the colon. An ileostomy is a surgically created opening into the small intestine through the abdomen. An ileostomy allows stool to bypass the colon. A urostomy is a surgically created opening usually on the abdomen. A urostomy allows urine to flow out of the body after the bladder has been removed. FREE Ostomy Bag Samples are available!

Selecting 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 ostomy bag can be challenging. When choosing the correct type of ostomy bag for you, consider factors such as lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Depending upon the type of stoma, some ostomy bags are designed for a specific stoma type--colostomy bags, ileostomy bags and urostomy bags. For instance, a colostomy bag wearer may need a pouch that handles more solid waste and that can be irrigated or drained with ease. Ostomy bags are available with a convex skin barriers and moldable skin barriers for special fitting requirements. There are multi-chambered ostomy bags and mini pouches that are more discreet and useful for sports. Filtered ostomy bags are handy for bathing or swimming. Ostomy bags with belt tabs help support the weight of the bag. Choose the ostomy bag that you not only feel comfortable with, but 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.

Pros and Cons of One-Piece Ostomy Bags

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 Vitality Medical carries, such as ActiveLife One-Piece Drainable Cut-to-Fit Pouch with Stomahesive Skin Barrier.

Pros and Cons of Two-Piece Ostomy Bags

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. Closed designs are common for colostomy bag users. A colostomy bag are often attached to either an upper or lower area of the colon and depending on the location the consistency of the output will be different. For a closed colostomy bag, solid waste collection is usually preferred. That means there is no need to clean the colostomy bag, and it can simply be detached an thrown away.

Vitality Medical provides a list of manufactures that offer specific ostomy bag options you may be searching for. This Ostomy Bag Options List displays options like multi-chambered ostomy bags, filtered ostomy bags and moldable skin barrier bags along-side the manufacturers that make them. The Best Ostomy Bags listed by highest sales volume can also be examined.

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Selecting an Ostomy Bag - Comparison Chart

Ostomy Bag Type




Ease of Use
Less Bulky
Lower Profile
Less Obtrusiveness
Easier to Secure
Quicker Application
More Adaptable to Uneven Skin
Less Accommodating to Special Needs
Frequent Changing = Sore Skin
Greater Frequency of Stoma Positioning


More Skin Friendly
Better Accommodations for Special Needs
Subject to Leaks
Flange Difficult to Keep Clean
More Rigid and Unflexible


Extends Wear Time
Less Changing
Easy Removal of Heavy Liquids
Fewer Bag Expenditures
Easy to Empty Bag for Disposal
Best for Colostomy or Ileostomy

Difficulty Draining With Thicker Consistencies
Time Consuming and Painstaking Flange Cleaning
Fastening Bags Are Often Uncomfortable


Flushable Options for Easy Disposal
Better Accommodates Active Lifestyle
Best for Colostomy
Supports Swimming, Exercise, Intimacy
Replacement Bag Must Always Be On-hand
Not Practical for High Liquid Output
More Difficult Disposal When In Public
Difficulties When Draining Bag
Requires Replacing 1 to 3 Times Daily
Not Recommended for Urostomy


Easier to Apply
Less Time Requirements

May not Fit Adequately
Less Adaptability to Stoma Sizes/Shapes


Adaptation to Individual Patient Needs
Increased Flexibility

More Cumbersome Application


Helpful for Caregivers
Less Patient Intrusion
Easier to Check
Less Discreet


More Discreet -


Decreases Sloshing
Less Noise


Smaller Size
Less Intrusive
More Discreet
Supports Active Lifestyle
Less Capacity


Accommodates Flat or Recessed Stoma Increased Profile
Less Discreet


Provides for Bathing
Supports Swimming
Supports Water Sports



Accommodates Any Stoma Size/Shape
Personalized Fit
No Cutting with Scissors


Ostomy Belts

Supports the Weight of the Bag and Waste

Belt May Dislodge
Possible Pinching
Possible Ulceration

Ostomy Bag Options Matched To Brands

Ostomy Bag Options

Multi-Chambered Bag
Coloplast Assura Multi-Chamber Ostomy Bag
Mini Pouch/Bag
Hollister Lock n Roll Mini
Hollister New Image Mini
Hollister Premier Mini
Hollister CenterPointLock Mini
Coloplast Assura Mini
Coloplast Assura New Generation Mini
ConvaTec Esteem Synergy Mini
Convex Base Plate
Coloplast Assura
ConvaTec ActiveLife
Genairex Securi-T
Filtered Ostomy Bags
ConvaTec Esteem Synergy
Coloplast SenSura
Coloplast Assura EasiClose
Moldable Skin Barrier
ConvaTec Natura Durahesive
ConvaTec Esteem Synergy
Convatec Sur-Fit Natura
Ostomy Belts and Belt Tabs
Hollister Lo Profile Urostomy
NuHope Nu-Support Ostomy Belt
Tytex StomaSage Ostomy Belt
Coloplast SenSura Mio Ostomy Belt
ConvaTec Ostomy Appliance Belt
Hollister Ostomy Belt

Best Ostomy Bags List

Ostomy Bag Type

Top Selling Ostomy Bags
One-Piece Ostomy Bags
Coloplast Assura
ConvaTec ActiveLife
Hollister Premier
Two-Piece Ostomy Bags
Hollister New Image
Coloplast Assura Maxi
Hollister CenterPointLock Urostomy
Drainable Bags
ConvaTec ActiveLife
Coloplast SenSura
Hollister Karaya
ConvaTec Sur-Fit
Closed Bags
Hollister New Image
Hollister Premier
ConvaTec Sur-Fit
Moldable Skin Barrier
ConvaTec Sur-Fit Natura Durahesive
ConvaTec Esteem Synergy
Ostomy Belts and Belt Tabs
Hollister Premier Pouch with Belt Tabs
Hollister Karaya 5 with Belt Tabs
Hollister Ostomy Belt
Tytex StomaSafe Ostomy Belt
Coloplast Brava Ostomy Belt
Filtered Bags
Coloplast SenSura
ConvaTec Sur-Fit
Hollister New Image
Convex Ostomy Bags
Coloplast Assura
Hollister New Image

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