Your bowel function will usually settle into a regular pattern after a few weeks or months. But to begin with, you may have one or more of the following changes:
- needing to poo several times a day (more frequently)
- feeling that you can’t wait when you need to poo (urgency)
- feeling bloated or passing a lot of wind
- having a sore bottom.
These effects usually improve over time. Tell your surgeon or specialist nurse if you are having problems, or if your bowel is not settling into a routine. They can give you advice, prescribe medicines or refer you to a continence specialist nurse or dietitian.