Preoperative Bowel Preparation
Name: ____________________________
You are scheduled for surgery on:  ___________________________
Please read and obtain needed supplies prior to starting.

  1. No solid foods may be eaten.
  2. Drink only a clear liquid diet starting at breakfast. ( Clear liquids include water, tea and coffee with no added milk or cream, broth, carbonated beverages.  Do not eat milk products, solids, or jello.)
  3. Take 4 biscacodyl tablets (i.e. Fleet or Dulcolax) at bedtime.


  1. Continue drinking a clear liquid diet all day, do not eat solid food.
    • 1 Gallon of Golytely (Polyethylene Glycol & Electrolytes) at 12 noon
    • Instructions for Golytely:

    • Take 240 ml every ten minutes up to 4 liters or until your fecal discharge is clear and free of solid matter. Rapid drinking of the solution is recommended rather than drinking small amounts continuously.
    • It usually starts to work in 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Take any other needed medications at least 1 hour before you start the solution.
    • You should fast for 3 hours prior to ingestion of the solution; clear liquids are allowed after ingestion of the solution.
  2. Take 500 mg Flagyl  and 1 gm of Neomycin by mouth at: 7 PM and 11 PM
  3. Shower carefully with a strong soap the night before surgery.
  4. Ensure that your umbilical area (belly button) is clean.
  5. Take nothing by mouth after midnight on the day of your surgery. (Remember: No candy, no mints, no chewing gum, and no water) 
  6. Follow special instructions for your medications.
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