1. Skin Care


The patient is able to state measures to maintain perianal skin integrity.

Looseness and frequency of stool is not uncommon during the early months following pelvic pouch surgery. It generally takes at least six months for the pouch to "adapt" - begin functioning and acting like a pouch or reservoir. It is extremely important to keep the skin around the anus clean, dry and intact.

Suggestions to maintain perianal skin integrity:

If the skin should be become reddened, broken or itchy, assessment by the family doctor, or outpatient ET nurse is advisable. A fungal infection can occur because of moisture if left untreated. If suspected, this should be assessed by a professional.

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