Bowel Preparation

Your physician or the surgical coordinator will let you know if a bowel prep is required prior to your surgery.  If you are not sure, ask. The purpose of a bowel prep is to decrease the chance of a bowel injury during surgery and is required if someone is suspected or known to have scar tissue.  A bowel prep is also required if there is a concern that cancer may be present. 

Pre-Operative Bowel Prep 


Please follow these instructions carefully:


You will need to purchase a Fleet's Phospho-Soda Prep Kit Number II. We will give you a prescription to purchase this.

24 hours prior to your procedure, start a clear liquid diet*
4:00 p.m. the night before the procedure, drink the phospho-soda mix with 4 oz of water.
7:00 p.m. the night before the procedure, take four Ducolox (biscodyl) tablets with 8 oz of water. Drink only water afterwards.
The evening before the procedure, use the Fleet's bag enema.


THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SURGERY: Have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. This includes hard candy and gum. You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. Please take your morning medications with just a sip of water, if instructed by your doctor to do so.



*Clear Liquid Diet

These Items are Allowed:

  1. Water
  2. Clear broths — chicken or beef
  3. Juices without pulp, such as: apple juice, apple cider, prune juice, grape juice, grapefruit juice
  4. Tang, Hawaiian Punch, lemonade
  5. Soda
  6. Tea
  7. Coffee
  8. Clear Jello (without fruit)
  9. Popsicles (without fruit/without cream)
  10. Italian Ices/sherbets
  11. Hard candy such as Lifesavers
  12. Salt, pepper, and sugar may be used

These Items are NOT allowed:

  1. Milk
  2. Cream
  3. Milkshakes
  4. Orange juice
  5. Tomato juice
  6. Cream soups, or any soup other than clear broth