PreOp Patient Education
Saturday, August 13, 2022

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of Large Intestine

Before Surgery

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Because you've been scheduled for ambulatory - or outpatient surgery - you're responsible for taking certain precautions before you arrive. Specifically...

  • You must not have anything to eat or drink after midnight on the night before you arrive at the hospital.

  • Do not take any aspirin or other anti-inflammatory for 10 days before surgery. Occasionally these drugs can interfere with the blood's ability to clot and can actually increase the amount of bleeding during and after surgery.

  • If you're on any medication - including over the counter drugs - be sure to ask your doctor whether or not you can continue taking that medication. And if not, how far in advance of surgery you must stop.

Lower endoscopy requires careful preparation.

  • In order for your doctor to be able to have a clear and unobstructed view,

  • your colon must be completely empty of solid waste before the procedure.
Your doctor will probably prescribe

  • a special dietary

  • and laxative preparation.

It is very important that you follow these instructions -

  • if the colon is not clear at the time of the test, the test may have to be rescheduled.

  • Generally, you'll be given a restricted diet to follow for a day or two before the exam.

  • You'll probably be asked not to eat solids on the day before the exam.

  • You may also be asked to drink a special solution designed to clear the colon.

  • As well as to self administer one or more enemas prior to the examine.

  • These are only general guidelines -

  • your particular situation and the preferences of your doctor may require different preparation.

  • But whatever the plan, follow it with care.

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