The following steps need to be adhered to in order for the bowel to be sufficiently cleaned:
All preparation is to be done the day before surgery.
Have a clear liquid breakfast and lunch and dinner.
Clear liquid diet includes clear broth, plain Jell-O (no red Jell-O), coffee, tea, juices (apple, orange, grape, cranberry, grapefruit, etc with no pulp), sugar or artificial sweeteners, soda pop of any kind, Gatorade, Kool-aid, 7-up, soups which are strained so that only broth remains, Italian ices or Popsicles (no sherbet), hard candy.
Do not drink milk or cream or eat any solid food while on this diet. Regularly used medications such as digitalis, blood pressure medications, etc. may be continued.
1. 10 oz. of Magnesium citrate solution should be taken at 4:00pm the day before surgery.
2. Drink at least one (1) quart of clear liquid (water, soda-pop, coffee, tea) after taking Magnesium citrate.
3. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before surgery (except the medications which are taken daily in the morning, may use only minimum amount of water for swallowing the medicine).