Laparoscopic Total Colectomy & Ileoanal Pullthrough
Should I keep taking all of my medications?
Tell your surgeon about all of the "over the counter" medications and prescription medication that you are taking regularly or occasionally. Your surgeon will discuss whether or not you need to reduce or stop taking any medication before your operation.
How does the bowel get cleaned out to prepare for surgery?
Before the surgical procedure it is very important that your bowel is cleaned out to minimize the risk of an infection. You will receive specific written instructions to help clean out and prepare your bowel before the operation. A nurse or nurse practitioner will contact you a few days before your surgery to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Three days before the surgery, you will start a low fiber diet. Two days before surgery you will begin a clear liquid diet and continue that until you come to the hospital the day before surgery for a bowel clean out.
See our "Bowel Preparation for Surgical Patients" Family Education literature for more information.