A stoma bag, also known as a stoma pouch, is used to collect output from a stoma. The bags are available in 3 types depending on which type of stoma you have:
These stoma bags are closed, as output from a colostomy tends to be quite solid, like a traditional stool. Wearers have to change their bag each time it’s full – which could be between 1 and 3 times a day. Wearers may opt to use a pouch like the Aura Flushable which enables them to flush their waste as anybody else would.
These stoma bags are for people who have an ileostomy. Output from an ileostomy can be thin like a liquid or paste. This is why ileostomy bags are drainable, enabling wearers to drain their output into the toilet rather than changing their pouch every time it is full. Some people with an ileostomy may have a thicker output, or use a product like Morform to thicken it, so are able to use a colostomy bag like the Aura Flushable.
These stoma bags are for people who have a urostomy. Urostomies are stomas created to aid the flow of urine from the kidneys and ureters through a piece of small bowel and out through the stoma. A urostomy pouch is worn over the stoma at all times and emptied by a tap at the end of the bag.
We offer a wide range of stoma bags and some of them come with a 2-piece option where the flange is separate from the bag, so wearers don’t have to remove the flange each time they have a bag change – they can just remove the bag and connect a new one to the existing flange.