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Unread 04-12-2007, 02:11 PM

I had my pre-op and the only thing they said to do the night or morning before surgery was take a shower with antibacterial soap. I though tthey would make me do an enema or something, do they do this on the morning of surgery?
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Unread 04-12-2007, 02:21 PM

Hi, I didn't have to have a enema. I just couldn't eat after midnight the night before and couldn't drink two hours before. That was it. Hope this helps.
Unread 04-12-2007, 02:34 PM

I was told to do a bowel prep the day/night before, I have my pre-op testing next Tuesday and will know more, but I guess every doctor is different. Good luck to you!
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Unread 04-12-2007, 03:20 PM

i had no bowel prep before, couldn't eat after midnight and he ordered me to do enema and a medicated douche before surgery. different doctors do different things. i got through that ok though.. wasn't too bad.
Unread 04-12-2007, 04:28 PM

I was told to use a medicated douche as well as drink milk of magnesia the day before. I also have to start clear liquids at noon the day before and nothing to eat after midnight. I WISH I could have stuff to drink up until 2 hrs before since my surgery is at 1:30, you were lucky Freedom. They didnt tell me to shower with antibacterial soap but I think I will since it seems so common on here. Good Luck!!
Unread 04-12-2007, 05:53 PM

My dr prescribed the medicated douche and said that I could do an enema if I want (Yeah, right) but the main thing was I couldn't be constipated. He said as long as I was "regular" that I didn't have to worry with it---suggested I could take a stool softener if I wanted.
Unread 04-12-2007, 06:11 PM

I had to dring a bottle of mag citrate the morning before. It worked VERY well. My husband and I have joked that we have been married so long (24 yrs) that when I drank the mag citrate it worked for him too. We were fighting for the bathroom! No douche for me, however...
Unread 04-12-2007, 06:11 PM

I was told yesterday at my pre-op I would do a bowel prep and liquids the day before and nothing after midnight. I'm not looking forward to it. It was a busy day for me, but now everything is my dh responsibility.
Unread 04-12-2007, 08:00 PM

I'm scheduled for my TAH on April 17. During my pre-op testing on April 10, I was given anti-bacterial soap to use the day before and day of surgery, a medicated douche, and an enema! I was also given a device to help me learn to breathe deeply post-op.

Good luck!
Unread 04-12-2007, 09:27 PM

No bowel prep and no enema here. I did eat lightly the day before and drank tons and tons of water so I'd be nice and hydrated, but nothing after 10 pm

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