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      Having an ileostomy

      How to take care of your ileostomy

      Your ileostomy is a surgical opening on the surface of your abdomen created from your small intestine. You will possibly need to use a drainable stoma bag to collect the stool and have the option of draining it. Over time, you will likely learn how to take care of your stoma by your own and how to make the best of your life with an ileostomy.

      In the case of an ileostomy, the stool is mostly fluid or semi-formed, which is why a drainable ostomy bag may be beneficial. The often so-called ileostomy bag has a bottom outlet, which allows the bag to be emptied without replacing it. In many cases, after your surgery, you will be given a transparent drainable bag in order to help you to learn how to use your bag correctly. As you learn how to manage the stoma you will be shown opaque bags, which most people choose to use for more discretion. Some opaque bags have also a so-called inspection window to allow to allow the visual control of both stoma and output.

      Our solutions for people with ileostomy

      Drainable bags with bottom outlet

      All our Flexima® Roll' up and Proxima® ileostomy bags have a wide drainable outlet of 7 cm, which intends to enable an easier bag emptying and outlet cleaning. On our Flexima® ranges, an integrated Roll' up clamp is available to close the bag by folding the outlet and pressing the adhesive stripes together.

      Our ileostomy bags of the Proxima® ranges can be closed with a reusable rigid clamp or a single use soft adhesive clamp, both delivered with the bags.

      Drainable Roll' up bags

      How to empty, clean and close a stoma bag with Roll' up outlet

      White tabs implemented on the Roll' up outlets of our Flexima® drainable bags help to open the outlet widely, for both emptying the bag and for cleaning the outlet. 

      empty the ileostomy bag
      clean the ileostomy bag

      Closing the Roll' up bag

      The Roll' up outlet has an integrated self-gripping soft clamp. Once the outlet of these ileostomy bags is closed, the bag will have the same compact shape as a closed colostomy bag. The edges of the outlet are soft for an increased wearing comfort of the ileostomy bag.

      close the ileostomy bag

      Our answer to high-output stoma

      Combine our high-output stoma bags with the Flow Collector, our distal collection bag  

      People who suffer from high-output stoma often have poor quality of sleep and are not able to recover appropriately by night.[1,2,3] Frequent bag changes decrease their quality of life.[2,3] To help you, if you are concerned, we offer our different high-flow stoma bags in both one-piece and two-piece systems that can be connected to our distal collecting bag, the Flow Collector. 

      high-output bags with large funnel outlet
      flow collector demonstration with hand
      conncetion of the flow collector to the high-output bags

      Product portfolio

      Our offer of drainable stoma bags

      One-piece systems

      In the case of a one-piece system, the wafer and the stoma bag are bounded together and must be changed together.

      Two-piece systems

      In the case of a two-piece system, the wafer and the bag are separated, before being attached together through a coupling system. The bag can be changed while the baseplate may remain in place for several days.

      Mechanical coupling system

      Adhesive coupling system

      Our offer of stoma accessories

      As the stool of ileostomates can contain digestive enzymes and other substances that may be aggressive on the skin, you may consider the use of skin protective accessories.

      Your partner in ostomy care

      Are you caregiver or healthcare professional?

      There is more specific information for you on our dedicated webpages.

      Visit our section for healthcare professionals

      [1] Rolls N, Yssing C, Bøgelund M, Håkan-Bloch J, de Fries Jensen L. Utilities associated with stoma-related complications: peristomal skin complications and leakages. J Med Econ. 2022 Jan-Dec;25(1):1005-1014. doi: 10.1080/13696998.2022.2101776. PMID: 35833520.

      [2] Temiz Z, Cavdar I, Ozbas A, Altunsoy M, Akyuz N, Kutlu FY. Sleep Quality and Factors Affecting Sleep in Individuals With an Intestinal Ostomy: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study. Wound Manag Prev. 2022 May;68(5):28-36. doi: 10.25270/wmp.2022.5.2836. PMID: 35617011.

      [3] Baldwin CM, Grant M, Wendel C, Hornbrook MC, Herrinton LJ, McMullen C, Krouse RS. Gender differences in sleep disruption and fatigue on quality of life among persons with ostomies. J Clin Sleep Med. 2009 Aug 15;5(4):335-43. PMID: 19968011; PMCID: PMC2725252.