I didn't view the image but my surgeon left my anus intact. I had my entire colon and rectum removed due to ulcerative proctitis. They wouldn't just remove the rectum, as I am certain you are aware, because of the possiblity of the ulcerations moving into the colon.
The day I returned from the hospital, 11 days post op, the same thing happened to me as did you. I felt like I had to urinate and all this gunk came pouring out. Let me tell ya...it smelled like someone had died! I thought it was coming out my vagina but my surgeon told me it must have come through the anus. This was the first time I learned that he left the anus and did not sew it closed. Since then, I have had constant elimination of mucus and twice the surgeon had to stick an anuscope up my butt and suction out blood and pus because I had a hematoma. Not the most comfortable thing to go through. I asked him why he didn't sew the anus closed, as most of the people I have spoken to who have had this operation did have theirs sewn shut. In his professional opinion, there are more complications when the anus is sewn closed. I have a lot of faith in this guy. He is head of colorectal surgery at Univ of Pa Hospital in Philly and trained at the Cleveland Clinic. He also has been in practice since 1978.
By the way, I had my surgery on June 28th of this year and I am no youngster. I was 64 in August. He wouldn't do a j-pouch on me because of the high risk. I suppose my age and extended use of prednisone.
I can understand your discomfort. I have to wear a kotex pad every day. However, my surgeon explained it is better this stuff comes out than lying inside you where there would be a cause for infection. Guess it makes sense. The discharge is diminishing somewhat, but it has been almost 6 months.
I never heard of that shower soap. It was never brought to my attention. I still have soreness in the anus. I was sent for a CT scan AND MRI. They were not able to find a vein to do the MRI with contrast but the CT scan was negative.
Sorry this is so long. My advise to you would be just to be patient. The drainage will diminish. If you have other issues, notify your surgeon. Another thing...I found that the antibiotic Flagyl helped me and I do have to resort to it from time to time for a few days. Good luck!!!!