Rectal discharge

Sometimes after ostomy surgery you may have the urge to have a bowel movement (go to the bathroom) like before surgery. This can be worrisome if you were not told about it before surgery.This is normal for people who still have their rectum and anus.

Where does the mucus come from?

One of the jobs of the bowel is to produce mucus to keep the bowel lining moist, which helps the stool pass through without causing any damage. We usually never notice it as it is mixed with our stool. Even though no stool is passing through the rectum and anus, it is still making mucus.

If you get the urge to have a bowel movement, sit on the toilet and you may just pass some mucus. Mucus can be whitish, clear or putty coloured.

Please call if you have any concerns about rectal discharge.