Date of Surgery:
Your colon operation requires that the inside of the bowel is clean, so that the bowel ends may be sewn together safely. The process of bowel preparation involves several steps, and is designed to effectively remove the stool from your bowels and to reduce the amount of bacteria present. Please read these instructions very carefully as this preparation is of critical importance to the success of the operation.
Items you will need (from a pharmacy of your choice):
Step One (two days before surgery):
Beginning two days before surgery, you must restrict your diet to clear liquids only. This includes most fruit juices with no pulp (such as apple, grape, cranberry and prune), carbonated soda, Jell-O, low fat bouillon, and popsicles. You may also have hard candy. Common liquids that are NOT permitted include milk, orange juice and chicken noodle soup. In general, any liquid which contains no solid elements, and that you can see through is acceptable including Gatorade.
Step Two (the day before surgery)
There are two major things which happen on the day before surgery; cleansing the bowels with Fleet Phospho-Soda and taking oral antibiotics
Step Three (night before surgery):
Please do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight! This includes even water. If you need to take any medications, you may have a sip of water to swallow the pills. You may be instructed by the pre-admission testing nurse to take your usual medication on the morning of surgery. A preadmission testing nurse will call you before surgery with additional instructions.
You may be given Celebrex, an anti-inflammatory, to take the morning of surgery with a sip of water
You may call our office at any time if you have questions or concerns about the bowel preparation. Our phone number is 708-579-0018. Sue x23, Lee x24 or Janet x31 will be happy to address your problems and if necessary contact your surgeon. One of the doctors is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any problems.
BOWEL PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS
READ CAREFULLY. DO NOT EXCEED RECOMMENDED DOSAGE AS SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS MAY OCCUR. (SEE PACKAGE FOR OTHER IMPORTANT WARNINGS.)
Clear Liquids Diet List
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