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Bowel Prep before Hysterectomy
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I have to do a bowel prep before my hysterectomy. What are some tips for making it easier?
Doing a bowel prep before a hysterectomy is never fun, but it doesn't have to be completely miserable either. Here are some tips for making things a bit less unpleasant!
You are going to be spending significant time in your bathroom, so you might want to jazz it up a bit before your bowel prep day. Make sure it's extra clean, add a nice scented candle for atmosphere, put out fresh hand towels, throw in some new magazines and books, and get a small stool for your feet. You may also want to stash a couple pairs of extra panties in a drawer just in case.
Before the big day, you will also want to pick up some type of moist toilette wipes. Choices include flushable wipes for adults or kids, baby wipes with aloe, or hygienic cleansing pads with witch hazel. Some Vaseline or diaper rash prevention/treatment type ointment could help as well. If you choose to use toilet paper, be sure it is an extra soft brand.
Repeated bathroom trips will also require frequent hand washing which can dry out your skin. Buy some moisturizing soap and/or keep a good, nice-smelling lotion close by.
If you must drink a concoction, the colder the better! Those with a high salt content won’t freeze, so stick them in your freezer overnight. If you get to choose a flavor, choose one you like, but remember it could cause you to dislike that flavor in the future. You may also want to use a straw which can help bypass your taste buds. Finally, a chaser of juice (clear, no pulp) can help eliminate any after taste.
The bowel prep may be one of the more unpleasant pre-op tasks, but you will get through it! If you have questions, be sure to ask your doctor in advance. Depending on what time you need to start, you may need to take an extra day off work and plan to have someone help with any family obligations.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
11-05-2013 - 06:15 PM
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