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why no bowel prep? why no bowel prep?

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Unread 02-03-2005, 08:01 PM
why no bowel prep?

Just wondering why my Dr. didn't order a bowel prep or
fasting the day before my surgery.A couple of friends I've talked to had to have it.One had a TAH and the other a TVH.I'm not doubting him but was just curious if more people have it then not.
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Unread 02-03-2005, 08:09 PM
why no bowel prep?

Mine didn't order that either, and I did ok. No real gas pains to speak of, or any other problem related to that. I even had a regular diet waiting in my room after surgery, about lunch time.
I couldn't eat it, mostly because I was so sleepy, but didn't wan the dinner tray either. Crackers and soup were all I could get down. Woke up the next morning feeling great.
I guess the doctors all have their own little routine, that seems to work. I had LAVH on 1/24.
Good Luck!!
Unread 02-03-2005, 08:11 PM
why no bowel prep?

My surgery is scheduled for 2/14/05, and my pre-op visit was today. My doc also said no bowel prep. He said to try to have soft food the day before (no liquid diet or anything), and not to eat anything after 11:30 pm the night before. I was happy to hear no bowel prep, but there is already enough to worry about. Its curious that the same procedure (hysterectomy) could have so many different ways to prep.

Good luck with your surgery!

Mary Ann


TAH on 2/14/05
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Unread 02-03-2005, 08:26 PM
why no bowel prep?

i had a tah and didn't have to have a bowel prep for liquid diet. Just depends on the dr
Unread 02-03-2005, 09:28 PM
why no bowel prep?

I just had my pre-ops today, yes plural. I met with my gyn and all he requires is a Fleet the day before. My surgeon for my gall bladder didn't require anything special in that way. I guess it depends on the doctor and the procedures being done. Good luck. My party is Feb 9th. I get to be first in line due to latex allergy. I also can't eat after midnight, but no other restrictions.

Just hanging in there
Unread 02-03-2005, 10:08 PM
why no bowel prep?

Not sure about all these abbreviations, lol, but I'll figure it out.

Unfortunately, moi has to do a bowel prep, but I agree, some physicians are just different. Best to you sisters on the 9th and the 14th! Seems a few of us had our pre-ops today.

marie, are you getting surgery for your gall bladder as well, or did I miss something?
Unread 02-03-2005, 10:21 PM
Yes, gall bladder also

Yes, I am having gall bladder surgery also. The surgeon will take the gall bladder out laproscopically before the gyn comes in and does the TAH. I have stones, the largest is 1.4 cm in my gall bladder. I live with pain killers and a heating pad right now. They discovered the stones while doing the sonogram for my fibriods. I thought all this time that the pain was from my ovaries, and carrying my 3 year old around. Evidently, it has been the gall bladder all along.

Ready to feel better. Will be a new person this time next week, or soon as the pain goes away!

Thanks for the best wishes.

Unread 02-03-2005, 10:27 PM
prep question

My doctor has me prep for my LSH by taking Fleets Phosphosoda at 4 pm and 8 pm the night before surgery - my surgery is next week on the 9th. Before I knew of this prep, I went out and bought tickets to a show. The asst to my doctor told me to expect lots of cramping and to stay very close to a bathroom once I start with the Fleets.

Does anyone have experience with this, and can you tell me what to expect? I want to go to the show, but not if I am not going to be able to endure the Fleets and the related effects. If it's a problem, I would rather give someone else the tickets. Any advice from someone who's been there?

Unread 02-04-2005, 02:38 AM
why no bowel prep?

I had my pre-op yesterday and asked the question about what I should eat (or not) on Sunday before my op on Monday. I was mindful of what I have read on this board.

She said I should eat what I want - although she wouldn't recommend a spicy curry. She said some types of abdominal surgery needs bowel prep but not mine.

This seems to be one of the differences between the US and the UK. Also we get longer in hospital and longer recovery period.

Sharon in England
Unread 02-04-2005, 04:49 AM
why no bowel prep?

Hi Ladies;
I had to do a bowel prep. The reason my doctors ordered one is because they were pretty certain they would need to take a section of my bowel so it needed to be clean. (Thankfully the did not take any).

etude; I really don't think you will be able to go to your show, sorry! I drank the golytely and had to do 2 enemas. (One before bed and one a couple hours before leaving for the hospital)
I could only have clear liquids the day before my surgery and nothing after midnight.
I don't know why they call it "golytely" because I went and it wasn't lytely!
You can expect some cramping and alot of running to the toilet.
A word of advice, buy your self some very cushy moistened wipes, you will become very raw!

Best wishes to you all!


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