Posted 5/30/2013 10:03 PM (GMT -6)
The amount of mucus often lessens in the months/years after surgery (with a rectal stump or rectal cuff remaining). The rectal tissues atrophy/shrink with less production of serous fluids and fatty-chain acids.
For some, "mucous poops" remain problematic.
A small 3 oz. warm water enema can be administered safely to "flush" out the rectal stump of retained mucus.
If the odor of the mucus is foul, you may have proctitis (inflammation of the stump with excess bacteria). The treatment for proctitis can be short-term Flagyl or Cipro . . or a steroid suppository. You would need to consult your internist or colon MD.
A woman's sanitary pant liner is a good undergarment protector.