Ostomy Pouch 101

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
10/04/14  9:26 AM PST
Ostomy Pouch

You wake up from surgery and there’s your first pouch, already attached to you. Maybe it drains. Maybe it doesn’t. Either way, you’re going to have to change it periodically, and if it drains, you’re going to have to figure out that whole process.

Beyond changing and emptying, you may be wondering about other aspects of your life, now that you have a pouch. What happens when you shower? Speaking of water, can you still swim when you have an ostomy pouch? (Spoiler alert: yes!). How about sleeping – will you need to get up in the middle of the night to empty it?

Have more questions? Of course you do! It’s a whole new world! What should you do if you’re out and about and the only restroom available is “for employees only?” This article may help. Or maybe you’re worried about being able to dress just the way you used to now that you have a pouch you want to hide? We have an article and a video to help you with that.

Wondering if there’s anything you can put in that pouch to help eliminate odor? Yes, we have answers for that question as well.

You can find a few ostomy pouch basics here:

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My 89-year-old mother loves to swim but she has found that the pouch fills with water when she gets into the pool. What can we do to fix this?
We recently had someone reach out to our Facebook community with a similar question, and several of our OstomyLife community members responded with their own advice.
Hopefully you and your mother will find their answers helpful ...

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