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How often should I change my ostomy pouch?

If you’re not sure how often to change your ostomy pouch, the answer depends on a few factors:

  • the type of ostomy you have (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy)
  • the type of pouch you’re wearing (closed or drainable)
  • the amount of your individual stomal output

A good rule of thumb to avoid leakage or accidents is to change or empty your appliance when your pouch is less than 2/3 full.

When you have found the right ostomy product to meet your specific needs, you should be able to wear a drainable ostomy pouch for 3 to 5 days.

Contact 180 Medical to find the right ostomy supplies for your needs.

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