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Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep? Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

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Unread 03-11-2012, 11:04 PM
Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

Hi, all! Does anyone know if there's an advantage to doing a bowel prep vs. not doing one?? It seems like most ladies on here are doing one, but my doc hasn't ordered one for me. Does it make any difference in post-op recovery or constipation problems?
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Unread 03-11-2012, 11:20 PM
Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

It all depends on the reason for your surgery & what the physician feels they may find. I have had multiple laparoscopies for removal of endo in past. Sometimes they had me do a bowel prep, sometimes not. They did on the times they were concerned abt potential implants on the bowel wall. If you dont need to do a prep, still eat lighter, easier to pass foods for the few days before surgery. Then push fluids & talk with your doc about medications to prevent constipation after surgery. Trust me from experience- if you arent feeling well it is easy to miss that you havent moved your bowels for a few days. The decreased level of activity + the anesthesia+ narcotic pain meds = concrete for stool that HAS to come out. The last thing you want after ANY kind of abdominal surgery is to have to strain- OUCH!!!
Talk with your doc if you are concerned.
Best Wishes for a speedy uneventful recovery (without any constipation )
Unread 03-12-2012, 06:45 AM
Re: Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

I did not have bowel prep/ bowel cleanse but if I was to rewind the clock I would most definitely have one before surgery.

The reason being that there will be far less waste to come out after surgery (excuse the grossness) if you have the bowel prep. The bowels are very sluggish after surgery as a result of anaesthetic, pain meds etc and "bricks of cement" come to mind when having a BM so the less there is to have to eliminate the better.

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Unread 03-12-2012, 09:22 AM
Re: Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

My doctor said that she ordered it b/c it cuts down on the gas and constipation you would have after surgery.
So, if that is one less pain that I have to deal with, so I will deal with it.
Unread 03-12-2012, 10:54 AM
Re: Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

Thank you for your replies! I'm definitely going to ask my doc about it when I go for my pre-op appt. I want things to "go" as "smoothly" as possible afterwards and with as little pain as possible!!
Unread 03-12-2012, 11:14 AM
Re: Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

Just a quick reminder--If your DR doesn't order a bowl prep DO NOT DO ONE. Surgeries have been canceled because of preps the DR didn't order. Always check with your DR!

Unread 03-12-2012, 12:51 PM
Re: Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

Thanks, Pat. I definitely will. I have a feeling I'll be cleaning out all by myself anyway because of my nerves the day before! Looks like your surgery is tomorrow, CarolAnn2320. Good luck to you! I'll keep you in my prayers!
Unread 03-12-2012, 01:09 PM
Re: Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

My surgery is tomorrow and my directions were eat light and take stool softener Sunday. Monday: clear liquids only, Tuesday: surgery. I did a little extra becuase of everything I have read here. I did a Fleet enema Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night I took Dulcalax (my doctor recommended this OR a stool softener, ate light yesterday, and today clear liquids only. I think this worked well. The Dulcolax says to take 1-3 tablets and I took 2 each night. I'm definately cleaned out and feel very "light" goin into this, but I didn't have such a hard time as the people who did the perscription bowel prep. I post after my surgery and let you know. I am now a fan of the Dulcalax: cheap and effective and will probably use it post surgery whenever I have problems in that area. I was buying Advocare fiber drinks to drink daily and those a a buck each. The Dlcalax or maybe the generic stool sofetners at CVS that were on the shelf in the same area are much cheaper and I bet would do the trick. Good luck.
Unread 03-12-2012, 01:24 PM
Re: Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

Originally Posted by AnnaWillamena View Post
My surgery is tomorrow and my directions were eat light and take stool softener Sunday. Monday: clear liquids only, Tuesday: surgery. I did a little extra becuase of everything I have read here.
Please let your doctor know you did more than was instructed. Years ago we had a member who did a bowel prep (without her doctor's knowledge) and nearly died. Instead of going to the recovery room post op she went to ICU. Make sure both your doctor and your anesthesiologist are aware that you did more than instructed regarding bowel prep.
Unread 03-12-2012, 01:38 PM
Re: Bowel Prep vs. No Bowel Prep?

I have had no bowel issues following the surgeries where I did not need a bowel prep and ate absolutely normally until midnight the day before.

On the other hand, I did have bowel issues following surgery and procedures that did call for a bowel prep.

Each woman should definitely follow her own doctor's order for her without deviating one bit as it can be very dangerous and/or cause surgery to be cancelled.


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