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Unread 08-12-2006, 07:45 PM

Help I have never had an enma, what is is for and is it really necessary? I was told to do it 18 hrs. before surgery, then to only have clear liquids . The closer surgery gets the more nervous I get. I have a day care and am busy trying to get ready for my sub. Any suggestions on when I should take over myself.

Krista M
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Unread 08-12-2006, 08:03 PM

The enema is used to clean out the lower rectal area. If your Dr has ordered you to do an enema then yes it is necessary. Going against DR's orders can infact cause your surgery to be cancelled. Your Dr is expecting that you will follow his/her orders and is preparing accordingly.

The effects of an enema only last an hour or so, if that long. There are directions on the box on how to do it--quite simple actually.

RE: your business and when you'll be able to return, this should be discussed with your Dr.

good luck
Unread 08-12-2006, 08:03 PM

A Fleet's Enema is to clean out your bowel to prepare for surgery. Since you're having an abdominal surgery, it's to prevent contamination of the surgery site. I had never done one prior to my TAH, but it's not too hard-directions are on the box. Healing post-op takes about 4-6 weeks,but you will have lifting restrictions (no carrying around heavy babies or toddlers) so I would ask your sub to stay at least 6 weeks. Your Dr. should give you a list of restrictions and an idea of when to ease back into activities. Be careful! You could hurt your inside healing if you rush back to work.
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Unread 08-13-2006, 09:52 AM

I had to use a fleets enema for my TVH. I was scared to death of the enema because I had never done one before and had no idea how to do it. The nurse giving me pre op instructions told me to lay on my left side and put my right leg over the top a little. Kind of like you are going to roll to your belly. Use the enema (instructions for use are on the box) and remain on my side until I felt I couldn't hold it anymore. The most fun part was trying to get up off the floor without letting go of it all LOL. It was really a breeze. The clear liquid diet is worse than the enema. You will do fine!!!

Good luck and wishes for a speedy recovery are coming your way!
Unread 08-13-2006, 12:45 PM

I was worried as well as I was also an "enema vigin"!! It wasn't bad at all. Just one more thing that a woman does when it needs to be done!!
Unread 08-13-2006, 05:44 PM

The enema is not bad at all, really. It's to clean everything out and to make it easier when your digestive tract starts working again after surgery. You'll be glad that isn't a lot sitting in there needing to get out after surgery, believe me! It's a good thing!

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