Colon Surgery Bowel Preparation

Bowel Prep Instructions for Colon Surgery


**Questions regarding medications should be discussed with the physician who prescribed them, or with the anesthetist at your pre-op visit.**


HalfLytely Prep Kit: Fill prescription for HalfLytely at your pharmacy. It will come as a kit, and they offer different flavors. Instructions on how to prepare and take the solution will be enclosed. The kit includes the oral prep solution and Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) tablets.

Day Before Surgery: Read instructions included in the kit. Take the Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) tabs @ 1:30 p.m. Begin drinking the HalfLytely solution @ 3 p.m and drink until complete. Continue to drink clear liquids until bedtime.

Day of Surgery: Arrive at hospital at time instructed by pre-operative personnel.

***If surgery is in the a.m., have NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT. If surgery is the following afternoon, hospital staff/anesthetist will let you know at your pre-operative visit when is the latest time you are able to have something and what you may have.***


Two antibiotics are usually prescribed. Both antibiotics are taken together until completed at 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. the day before surgery.


Clear liquids allowed include: carbonated beverages (with & without caffeine), black coffee, tea, decaffeinated beverages, fruit flavored drinks, plain gelatin (Jell-O), popsicles, fruit juices, clear broth, bouillon and clear hard candy.

Foods NOT allowed include: Dairy products of any sort, popsicles with fruit and juices with pulp.