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Clothing and appearance

You will not need special clothes. Ileostomy pouches are fairly flat and hard to see under most clothing. The pressure of undergarments with elastic will not 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.

Cotton knit or stretch underpants may give you extra support and security. 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: 03/17/2011
Last Revised: 03/17/2011