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The purpose of this bowel prep is to empty your bowel of stool to decrease the chance of problems during and after surgery. Please follow these directions carefully.

A few days before surgery, go to your local drugstore and buy:

  • Magnesium citrate 10 ounces (1 bottle) 

Store it in the fridge. It is easier to drink when chilled.

Day Before Surgery

  • Eat a light breakfast and lunch, avoid greasy foods. 

  • Drink only clear liquids after lunch up to midnight (no limit on amount). No solid food or dairy products after lunch.

  • At 2:00 pm drink magnesium citrate 10 ounces (1bottle). It is important to drink this where you will be near a bathroom. Do not plan to travel after drinking this. 

  • In the evening, drink 1 liter of a sports-type drink (Gatorade®). It must contain electrolytes. You may have any flavor.

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.

  • Shower twice with Hibiclens® soap. Shower the night before and shower again in the morning before you check in for surgery.

Clear Liquids

  • Water 

  • Broth

  • Juice, (apple, grape, cranberry); no carrot, tomato, nectars, or pulp

  • Popsicles

  • Hard candy

  • Sparkling water or soda

  • No alcohol

  • Clear Jell-O®, homemade only, from powder, not premade. Do not add fruit, whip cream or marshmallows.

  • Weak coffee or tea, no creamer. Sugar or sugar substitute is okay.

  • No dairy products (milk, soy milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, pudding, cream soups)