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Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep? Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep?

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Unread 04-02-2004, 09:01 PM
Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep?

HI Ladies I had preop today Dr says no bowel prep..he is planning a VH..but may turn into AH, due to he cannot to a Lap..because of hernia repair and a intrathecal infusion pump I have implanted for back problems. I am concerned..because I am constantly constipated due to anemia and iron supp. And worry I will be so full when he does surgery. Expressed this to him and he said he is not worried. Also concerned because..I had a C-section and may have too much scarring..which may of adhered to the uterus he said he will try TVH but if he cannot he will do TAH. I am requesting to keep ovaries unless..they look cancerous or severely damaged...due to family history of Breast cancer. Need advice I am thinking of doing my own bowel prep..if so any suggestions when to start and how? Also he said no episiotomy with TAV. I though they had too? I am not to large down there...Please advice dearly sisters!! Concerned in Hawaii. Sissy 43
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Unread 04-02-2004, 09:18 PM
Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep?

You told him your concerns and he said no bowel prep so I sure wouldn't advise going against those orders. I didn't have any bowel prep either and other than gas didn't have any problems.

I've never heard of a doctor using an episiotomy for a vaginal hysterectomy. If it's too large or is adhered, he'd just do as he said and perform the procedure as a TAH.

Good luck with your surgery!
Unread 04-02-2004, 09:35 PM
No Bowel Prep..

Thank you for your comments. I understand everyone on this site is not a doctor. I just have read over and over again..regarding many women having bowel prep and was unsure if maybe..I should consider doing my I am sorry to say..very constipated. I have read that with meds and surgery iit is usually difficult to have BM. I did mention to him if it would be okay for me to use a laxative and he said whatever I am comfortable with. I know I am in good hands..the LORDS and he will get me be there always no matter what the challenge. Alittle nervous too..only 3 days to go April 6 at 8:00am. Fondly, Sissy43
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Unread 04-02-2004, 09:37 PM
Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep?

My doctor didn't recommend a bowel prep either. It seems to vary by doctor. I expressed a concern about constipation too. He just said to "make sure" I wasn't constipated on the day of surgery. He said to drink lots of fluids for the couple of days prior to surgery and to do a Dulcolax suppository if I was constipated the night before. Didn't need to and didn't have any problems.

Good luck
Unread 04-03-2004, 12:28 PM
Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep?

My doc didn't order a bowel prep but I talked to the nurse practicioner and she recommended a Fleet enema the night before. I had a normal bowel movement the morning before and did the enema the night before. I also suffer from constipation if I don't take my Metamucil and magnesium caspsules every night. I am extremely swollen now post-op and had bad gas pains (Gas-X helped) which is all normal but no BM yet. I'm gonna try prune juice when my mom brings it by. I'm glad I did the enema, I'd recommend cleaning out if you normally suffer from constipation. If your doctor sees no problem with it, then do it! Good-luck.
Unread 04-03-2004, 03:07 PM
Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep?

After reading all the posts regarding bowel preps, I was also concerned that my doctor did not order anything. I also didn't want to use a stool softener if he didn't want me to take anything so I slightly altered my diet. Beginning two days before I really increased my intake of fruits, vegetables and liquids.

In the hospital following surgery, I was only given ice chips for the rest of the day. The second day I was only allowed clear liquids. The next day I was back to a regular diet. The next morning at home, I had a soft, easy bowel movement
Now 11 days post-op, I've kept up the high fiber intake and have had no problems.
Good luck!

Unread 04-03-2004, 03:54 PM
Re: No Bowel Prep..

Originally posted by Sissy43
I just have read over and over again..regarding many women having bowel prep and was unsure if maybe...I did mention to him if it would be okay for me to use a laxative and he said whatever I am comfortable with.
There's your answer, sweetie, straight from the doc himself!

I wouldn't do anything drastic, unless you're comfortable with something drastic. But please, don't plan a 'bowel prep' because really, if your doc hasn't ordered it, seems like you shouldn't do it, at least to me.

How's that for being vague?

s and confidence coming your way via prayer, dear.
Unread 04-03-2004, 04:22 PM
Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep?

My doctor did not order one either. However I have been so constipated and gassy, that I took a laxative today. I have been taking metamucil every day for the last week and my stoold had started to soften up. I am drinking a lot of water too. Just my decision and action for me.
Unread 04-03-2004, 05:35 PM
Preop Today Doc says no Bowel PRep?

if your dr did not specifically order you to do a bowel prep dont do it...doing so could interfere with your surgery.
Unread 04-03-2004, 05:47 PM
Called Dr about bowel prep

Hey Ladies wanted to tell you after being concerned and getting alot of good advice from you all. I called my DR today and told him about my constipation, alittle more in detail...kind of thought he was not really listening to me the first time. He did advice that I do a bowel prep, after all. He said he was not aware that I have been 'so, so; constipated. He said that it would definetly be better to do it..prior so that I will have less problems later. He does not need me to do it for surgery..but more for being comfortable after surgery. He ordered an enema and a drink for me to take. The day (morning) before my surgery day. Thanks for all your advice. I just did not know other than laxatives..I can not take makes me gag and I always bring it up afterwards..was unsure what to take and when would be safe to take to not interfere with my preop. I have been taking large doses of prescribed iron due to anemia..been bleeding nearly non-stop for three years. And constipation is really bad...just can not take pain and disruption of my life with this..can not wait until 4/6/04..pray for no complications, especially with breathing tube...have had problems before. Sissy43

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