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Production of Mucus From the Rectum Following Surgery

Mucus is a substance your bowel produces to help protect and lubricate the lining of the bowel.

In some operations when the rectum has not been removed but you have a colostomy or ileostomy, mucus collects in the rectal stump causing a feeling of wanting to open the bowels.

The best way to relieve the feelings is to sit on the toilet and gently bear down as if you want to open your bowels. This will often expel any mucus.

Occassionally the mucus hardens and may cause discomfort and painful spasms. If this does happen you may find that a glycerine suppository, which will be inserted up your back passage, will help remove it.

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