How to Empty Your Ostomy Pouch Video

Laura Cox
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
02/02/17  2:09 PM PST

In this video, Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist, Laura Cox, shows how to empty your ostomy pouch. Laura talks about different positions you can assume to empty your ostomy bag. There are many different ways to empty, so find which position feels right for you. There is no wrong way to empty an ostomy pouch.

Laura also shares tips on how to keep the pouch clean, avoid toilet bowl splashing and shows how to use deodorizing drops. These steps are optional, but may make future emptying easier.

Note: Laura uses water in place of output in this video.

Suggestion: If you are anticipating surgery and want to practice emptying an ostomy pouch, you can obtain samples from a local support group or ostomy nurse. Apply the ostomy pouch to your abdomen and fill it with water or apple sauce. This will give you an idea of what it’s like to empty the pouch after ostomy surgery.

For more information, see related articles and ostomy resources here:

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  1. Heidi Petrowicz
    Posted February 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm PDT

    Your videos are excellent! I recently started watching the videos again . I’m 2012 I had a temporary Ostomy but now In 2017 I have a permanent Ostomy so going through all the videos to what you can and can’t eat .

    Thank you!
    Heidi in Houston

  2. Becki
    Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:52 pm PDT

    I use liners and a closed pouch for my colostomy. There is more than 1 way to empty a pouch.

  3. Aimee Sharp
    Posted February 17, 2017 at 8:07 am PDT

    True! Thank you for commenting and adding this point. We love that people are talking about all the different ways – way to help out others! 🙂 -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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