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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Day Before Your Operation

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Before your operation, you must shower or bathe at home to clean your skin and reduce your chance of infection after your operation.​

 
What should I do the day before my operation?
  1. Please remove all nail polish and body piercings. 
  2. If you smoke, do not do so for 24 hours before your operation.
  3. ​Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before your operation​.
  4. Your surgeon will tell you to do one of the following:
    • No bowel preparation:
      • Eat or drink as usual until midnight.
      • Do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight.
    • No bowel preparation, clear fluid diet:
      • Starting at breakfast, have clear fluids only until midnight.​
      • Clear fluids can include water, apple juice, broth, soda and Jell-O.
      • ​Do not have any solid foods, milk or milk products.
      • Do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight.
    • Bowel preparation and clear fluid diet:​
      • Buy your bowel prep at the pharmacy before the operation. Keep it in the fridge.
      • Follow the bowel prep instructions given to you at the surgeon’s office.
      • Starting at breakfast, have clear fluids only until midnight (water, apple juice, broth, soda and Jell-O). Do not have any solid foods, milk or milk products.
      • Start to drink the bowel prep at noon. It will start to work in 1 to 4 hours. Plan to be near the toilet during this time. You will have frequent, watery bowel movements.
      • It is important to continue drinking clear fluids to replace the fluids lost with frequent bowel movements.
      • ​Do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight.
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