Colostomy: A Guide

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What to wear when you have a colostomy

You will not need special clothes for everyday wear. Colostomy pouches are fairly flat and hard to see under most clothing. The pressure of elastic undergarments won’t harm the stoma or prevent bowel function.

If you were sick before surgery, you may find you can now eat normally for the first time in years. As your appetite returns, you may gain weight. This can affect the clothes you choose more than the pouching system itself.

Snug undergarments such as cotton stretch underpants, t-shirts, or camisoles may give you extra support, security, and help conceal pouches. A simple pouch cover adds comfort by absorbing body sweat and also keeps the plastic pouch from resting against your skin. Men can wear either boxer or jockey-type shorts.

Last Medical Review: 12/02/2014
Last Revised: 12/02/2014