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Pre-Operative Instructions

Bowel Preparation

Post-Operative Instructions
The Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service
Pre-operative Bowel Preparation Instructions

You are scheduled to undergo an operation that may potentially include surgery on your intestines (bowels). To decrease the chance that you will have any complications from your surgery, it is important to clean out your intestines as completely as possible.

Over the years, it has been shown that the best way to clean out your intestine is to use the following "Bowel Prep":

  • Beginning 24 hours (1 day) before your surgery, you should only eat and drink "Clear Liquids". This includes fruit juices that don't have any pulp (apple, grape, cranberry, etc.), broth soups (nothing with pieces of vegetables, meat, potatoes, pasta, etc.), Jell-O, and sherbets. Clear liquids also includes hard candies like LifeSavers. Make sure that you take in plenty of these fluid foods. Of course, you must continue to take any prescription medications unless specifically informed not to by your doctor.
  • The day before your surgery you will need to use a Fleets Phospho-soda II Kit. We will give you a prescription to purchase this. You will need to take one bottle of Phospho-Soda (1.5ounces) at 4:00 PM , followed by four Dulcolax Tablets at 7 PM. You will also be taking a special tablet to stimulate your intestines (Oral Reglan 10 mg tablets at Noon and 6 PM). These medications will stimulate your intestine, so you want to make sure that you have a toilet near by.
  • Take a nice warm shower or bath right before you go to bed.
  • You shouldn't have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery. If your doctor says it is OK , you can take your morning medications with a small sip of water.
  • If you have any questions about the "Bowel Prep", please call your doctor at the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Offices: 410-955-8240.

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