Pre-op Instructions

Nothing to eat or drink 8 hrs before your surgery. Blood pressure, heart, seizure and thyroid medications may be taken with a sip of water the morning of surgery. REMOVE jewelry and contact lenses.

Arrive at the hospital 1 ½ hours BEFORE the time of your surgery. Wear loose fitted, comfortable clothing.

BOWL PREP INSTRUCTIONS – (if your doctor recommends day before surgery)

You will need to purchase the following items:

  1. Dulcolax 5 mg tablets x 4
  2. Miralax 238 gms
  3. 32 oz Gatorade x 2

Day prior to the procedure, please follow the instructions listed below:

  1. Clear liquids for all meals the day before surgery. Clear liquids include: broth, jello, black coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, apple juice and popsicles. No solid foods, juices with pulp or milk products on the day before the procedure.
  2. At approximately 12:00 PM (noon): Take Dulcolax 5 mg x 4. Mix ½ the bottle of Miralax (238 gm) into a 32 oz Gatorade bottle and refrigerate. Mix the second half of the Miralax into the second bottle of Gatorade and refrigerate.
  3. At approximately 5:00 PM: Begin drinking the first bottle of Gatorade/Miralax solution at a rate of 8 oz every 10-15 min.
  4. At approximately 7:00 PM: Begin drinking the second bottle of Gatorade/Miralax solution at a rate of 8 oz every 10-15 min.

It is also recommended that you continue to drink at least 32 oz of additional clear liquids during the course of your bowel prep.