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Unread 09-14-2021, 06:54 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 9/17: The dreaded cleanse

I’m on day 3 of 5 of my cleanse for surgery, and was wondering if anyone has experienced or is experiencing a decline in their appetite, an increase in bloating, and lots of gas? I just thought I would be in the bathroom a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected. Tell me your surgery cleanse experiences. I’ve never had major surgery so this is a first for me.
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Unread 09-14-2021, 07:47 PM
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a cleanse for surgery?Never heard of this. Nothing different for me in days leading up to surgery.
Unread 09-15-2021, 06:55 AM
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I only had to do a bowel prep the day before - I presume that is what you mean, although yours sounds quite long?
Mine had me on the toilet almost constantly all evening.
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Unread 09-15-2021, 06:58 AM
Upcoming hysterectomy 9/17: The dreaded cleanse

Did you surgeon specifically prescribe this cleanse, or is it something you undertook on your own? I'm asking because your surgical team will expect your GI tract to be in a particular state when you arrive for surgery, and doing anything like this without his approval can lead to complications. My pre-op prescription included a clear liquid diet the day before, followed by 3 Dulcolax tablets and a Fleet enema, and I did lighten up on my diet in the days preceding that, eliminating foods that were hard to digest or that could cause bloating, which made it much easier on me. If you're having issues with this cleanse, then I recommend that you speak with your surgeon, letting him know what you're doing and the results, so he can properly advise you on how to proceed. Best wishes for sorting this out, and for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery!
Unread 09-15-2021, 07:09 AM
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Curious if others reading this had to do this. It sounds like the prep for a colonoscopy. I guess it might make some sense if the surgery were for something to do with that area of the body but a hysterectomy? My experience was similar to Tiger above and can't imagine having to do all of that before the surgery. For me no eat or drink after a certain time day prior but no "cleanse". I have known others that never did this...curious if this is the norm?
Unread 09-15-2021, 07:27 AM
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Well I guess based on a bit of googling some surgeons order this extensive prep. but seems to be some controversy as to whether it is of real benefit or not. Glad I missed it!! Hope you get some answers...I get one day but five days?
Unread 09-15-2021, 07:34 AM
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Hello everyone and thanks for all the replys. This is a bowel prep that my doctors prescribed medication for. I’m taking docusate twice a day and Miralax once a day for five days before surgery. Not sure why it seems so much more extreme than everyone else’s, but I’m going to follow the directions, and proceed since I do not want my surgery rescheduled. If it was causing vomiting or anything else I would definitely give my doctors a call, but right now just the symptoms I described which are to be expected based on some research. Hope everyone else is doing well whether you’re pre-surgery, post surgery, or somewhere in between.
Unread 09-15-2021, 09:43 AM
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I'd agree that this is the longest prep I've heard of - even the colonoscopy prep I had two years ago started only the day before. I'll say once that magnesium citrate kicked in, I was going every two hours for the evening, and was only going water by the end. My pre-hysterectomy prep was liquid diet only (no bowel cleanse) and nothing at all after midnight.

However, if this is what your doctor and hospital prescribe... I'd reluctantly continue to follow and watch for any negative indications per instructions and your research.

Unread 09-15-2021, 02:38 PM
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my bowel prep was just a drink the day before that had me in the bathroom all day. I've never heard of the one your doing but if that's what your dr prescribed, you should do it.
Unread 09-16-2021, 05:50 PM
Re: Upcoming hysterectomy 9/17: The dreaded cleanse

I had nothing like that either. Just stop eating by 10 pm the night before and drink 2 cups of unsweetened apple juice or cranberry juice at 5 am the day of surgery. Was also given a list of my medications and supplements I could and couldn't take.

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