1) Bowel Preparation Before Surgery

a. You will be given instructions for bowel preparation at your pre-operative appointment.It is important that you follow these instructions completely.

b. The day before surgery, you may drink only clear liquids. Clear liquids include water, coffee, tea, apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice,bouillon, broth, clear popsicles, clear soda and gelatin.

c. After midnight the day before your surgery, you must take nothing by mouth except medicines that have been approved by the anesthesiologist and surgeon. Your stomach must be empty at the start of the procedure to reduce the risk of aspiration.


2) If You Are Ill Before Surgery

a. Should you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever, skin breakdown or any changes in your condition during the days before your surgery, please notify the surgeon immediately, as you will need to be re-evaluated for surgical readiness. You need to be in the best possible shape for anesthesia. Scheduling can be adjusted to your condition, if necessary.