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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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.
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.