Bowel Preperation

Your bowel preparation should be completed prior to the day of your scheduled surgery.

Purchase a bottle of Magnesium Citrate (10oz) from the pharmacy. This is over the counter and any flavor is okay. Ask the Pharmacist if you have questions.

2 days before surgery: Eat a normal breakfast and lunch. Eat a normal, but not heavy supper. On this day, make sure you have had a bowel movement. If not, use a suppository such as dulcolax or take 1-2 doses of Milk of Magnesia to ensure you have had a bowel movement this day.

24 hours (or 1 day) before surgery: Consume only clear liquids. A clear liquid diet consists of the following:

  • Apple juice
  • Cranberry juice or other clear juices
  • Tea
  • Clear broth (beef or chicken)
  • Jello
  • Gatorade or other sports drinks
  • Black coffee

You should begin one (10oz) bottle of magnesium citrate no later than noon. This bottle should be completed in less than 2 hours. You can expect to begin having bowel movements after you begin the magnesium citrate, but it sometimes can take a few hours.

You should then take nothing by mouth after midnight unless instructed to take any of you medications with a small sip of water.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at (337) 480-5530 during normal business hours.

J. William Groves, JR., MD, FACOG
Obstetrics and Gynecology
1860 W. Gauthier Rd., Ste. 130
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Phone: (337) 480-5530