Bowel cleanse before surgery

on 8/24/13 2:29 am - Canada

I know they did not tell us to do a bowel cleanse before surgery, but did anyone do it?  If so what did you use that works well without tasting awful.  Any suggestions would be great.  I have surgery on Monday and have been so backed up on Opti I feel it might make things feels a little better in that department.


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Katie M.
on 8/24/13 3:08 am, edited 8/24/13 10:05 am - Georgetown, Canada
RNY on 10/18/13
You could try senna tea, but I don't know if it's allowed on the optifast diet so that might be bad advice. Usually if you're on a low fibre (or in this case no fibre!) diet the best way to relieve a backed up gut is water, water, water and then some more water! And if thats not enough maybe some psyllium supplements. I don't know about doing a colon cleanse though, I'm sure some post-ops can weigh in there

Referral May 2013 / orientation at TWH June 27 / nurse practitioner July 3 / social worker August 19 / nutrition class August 26 / nutritionist August 30 / psychologist September 3 / meet surgeon (Dr. Penner) September 20 / PATTS October 10 / Surgery October 18 2013!  


on 8/24/13 3:18 am - Canada
RNY on 03/11/13

Hi Fab,

Trust me, after a few weeks on Opti, there's absolutely nothing left to cleanse out - you are empty, which is why they don't make you do any cleansing prior to surgery, unlike, say, getting a colonoscopy when you've been eating normally until the day before the scope. 

I really haven't heard of anyone attempting a colon cleanse prior to surgery - it might make you dehydrated and weak?  I would be worried a little about that.

Jenn.  :)

 1st appointment - Feb. 23rd, 2012. RNY Dr Cyriac Mar. 11th, 2013.




on 8/24/13 3:29 am - London, Canada
RNY on 06/25/12

If you are feeling constipated, try adding lots of water + Benefibre. I added a little Benefibre to each Opti. You could also try a gentle laxative. Don't worry about a "bowel cleanse." Trust me, there's nothing to really clean out (unless you really are constipated). I did my last 2 days with clear fluids only, there was nothing at all in there.


Keeping off 133 lbs since 2012!

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on 8/24/13 4:16 am - Ontario, Canada
RNY on 01/20/12

Wow i did not have this problem on Opti. Just the reverse. I would take something to clean you out before surgery. i was pretty constipated after surgery. I have read a lot of people have this problem.





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