Hi Ann, I have my ileostomy for more than 50 years, ( for Ulcerative colitis) . What I didn't know, was that there was trouble during surgery, and although they did the ileostomy, the left the diseased colon/ & rectum in. Thinking that the " deseased colon was out", you can imagine my surprise, when both poop and blood started coming out, about a month later ( I was still in the hospital). 3 months later, I had the diseased colon removed, but the doctors left the rectum, hoping that it would heal. He invisioned a time in the future when they'd be doing reconnections, but when the rectum didn't heal after 4 years, ( I was 19) I insisted that it be removed. Removal of the rectum can be a redical surgery, sometimes with complications, so if it's not diseased, sometimes the doctors just leave it there. But I can't imagine that " poop" would stay up there, for so many years, and not cause problems...( infection? ) If they/ you wanted to get cleaned out, they could do a series of " enemas", and if you're truly impacted, ( with poop) that should show up on an ex ray. Fast forward, about 25 years,....my mother needed a colostomy due to a re occurance of uterine cancer, ...that had spread to her colon. We all knew she was ultimately dying from the cancer ( she didnt' know) but we were all surprised when " poop" started to drain from her vagina. The cancer had eaten it's way through the colon walls, and there was nothing more to do for her, since the " end" was very near. Even though your doctor thinks that the poop is from the isolated colon, I would still get another opinion. I had UC....my husband had crohns, and my two sons have inflammatory bowel disease. Medical diagnosis is not always accurate, so if you have concerns, please be your own advocate. I can't tell you how many times I questioned the doctors, and insisted on further testing.....to make knowledgeable decisions.
I'm not trying to scare you.....but wanted to share my 50 + years of experience..... As I told one doctor, it's my time, my money, and my child. Do the test again!!! Not everyone liked me.....but sometimes, I was intuitively right. Don't let yourself be intimidated. Best of Luck. Marsha