Perianal Skin Care


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" and basically begin to function and act like a pouch or reservoir. It is extremely important to keep the skin around the anus clean and dry.

Perianal Skin Irritation during the Initial Adjustment Period

For the most part, perianal skin irritation can be prevented: the key is to use good skin care techniques before any irritation develops. The following are some suggestions for preventing and managing perianal skin irritation:


If the skin should be become reddened, broken or itchy, assessment by your family doctor, ET nurse or surgeon is recommended. A fungal infection can occur due to excess moisture.