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Unread 04-24-2012, 10:11 PM
No bowel prep. Is this common?

I was just reading about all of you who have to do a bowel prep but my doctor didn't order one. Is this common? Not that I am complaining.
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Unread 04-24-2012, 10:23 PM
Re: No bowel prep. Is this common?

I think it's doctor preference...
Unread 04-24-2012, 10:34 PM
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It varies based on what the surgeon's preference is, & even more so on what he/she is planning on doing while "in there" and what he/she is expecting to find. I am scheduled for a DaTH May 9th & I do not have a bowel prep ordered. I asked my doc & he said "if you really WANT to drink the stuff I'll let you"... No thanks. I'll pass this time.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 12:31 AM
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No bowel prep for me. Believe me, I'm grateful. The last time I was so sick to my stomach that I was throwing up. Almost didn't know which end to hang over the toilet.
Unread 04-25-2012, 03:29 AM
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After hearing about so many bowel problems after surgery, I think that even if my doc had not ordered one, I'd be doing it anyways. No, I'm not looking forward to it at all, but I'd rather have it than not.
Unread 04-25-2012, 04:04 AM
Re: No bowel prep. Is this common?

Quick question doctor hasn't ordered one either. What are you planning to do on your own?
Unread 04-25-2012, 05:04 AM
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It's vital that you follow your doctor's instructions to the letter. To do a bowel prep when your doctor hasn't ordered it ~ or vice versa ~ may result in your procedures being cancelled or complications during surgery. Please call him/her if you're unsure about your situation.

It will help to check out this article for more detailed information.

Best wishes!

Unread 04-25-2012, 07:36 AM
Re: No bowel prep. Is this common?

No bowel prep for me. I don't think it has any effect on post op BM problems infact it could slow things down and create more wind. Am not actually sure why its necessary unless you're doing something in the bowel?
Unread 04-25-2012, 07:45 AM
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I didn't have bowel prep and I had no problems with bowels after surgery. Just make sure you take your stool softeners as along as you are taking pain meds. My doctor even suggested taking Miralax while on pain meds - she said the last thing I needed to do was strain.

I have read articles about people doing bowel prep on their own without the doctor ordering it and they had their procedures cancelled. So I would not take that risk.
Unread 04-25-2012, 07:52 AM
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I asked my doctor about a bowel prep and she said I could do an enema the night before surgery if I wanted. I did and I'm glad that I did. I felt like I needed to poop the moment I woke up from surgery. The manipulation of my bowels during surgery and tacking up of my slightly prolapsed rectum gave me the strong urge to have a bowel moment. That feeling got better after they give me my pain medicine, but I think I would have been much more uncomfortable had I not done the enema the night before.

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