The 2nd step includes removal of the rectum and the creation of the pouch. For me, the loop was difficult, but it's a short time you have to live with it. After takedown, the pouch is the holder for stool, not the rectum. The pouch shouldn't be inflamed and you will not pass mucus, but stool will not be compacted like it is with a colon. Mine varies a lot in consistency throughout a day/week. Also, with it being "uncompacted" you go more. You pass more liquids too. If I drink a lot of fluids, I pass more liquid. I don't worry about
consistency, but some people take imodium, fiber, eat different diets, etc. to attempt to go less or manage the consistency. I personally prefer to have a liquid movement versus eat a crazy diet. Liquid is actually fast to pass, easy to clean, and it's not urgent, so it doesn't bother me.
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