Increased stool frequency after proctocolectomy surgery. Please help.

Q. Increased stool frequency after proctocolectomy surgery. Please help.

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Dr. Datta Ram. U.
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 23, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jun 16, 2023

Hello doctor,

I had proctocolectomy surgery one year back. It has been five months to ileostomy closure surgery. My daily stool frequency is nine to 10 times daily. The stool is not hard one. I am having a lot of burning inside and outside of the anus. There is no pain but there is itching and burning on my anus area. I am very much panicked. Is it a sign of hemorrhoids or something else?



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It is normal to have increased frequency after a pouch. As the effluent is liquid and is only ileal content, it may cause itching around the anus. Hemorrhoids will be out after proctocolectomy. Things will get better with time. There is also slightly higher chance of developing pouchitis, but it is too early for pouchitis. I feel you should not worry too much and give time for the pouch function to improve.


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