Full Bowel Prep Using Bisacodyl/GoLYTELY®
with Travel Day
Follow these steps as you prepare your
bowel for surgery. Please note that “clear
liquid” means no sediment, no pulp, and no
particles. Clear does not mean colorless.
3 days before surgery eat a light lunch and
dinner. No food after dinner. If taking
Imodium®, stop today. You will drink the
prep tomorrow. Drink plenty of clear
liquids every day before surgery, starting
today. Clear liquids are:
ξ Water, sparkling water or soda
ξ Gelatin (no added fruit or topping)
homemade from box only
ξ Popsicles with no pieces of fruit or fruit
ξ Broth or bouillon
ξ Crystal Light®
ξ Juice with no pulp (apple, no orange)
ξ Hard candy
ξ Coffee or tea, no creamer–sugar is OK
ξ Gatorade® or other clear sports drinks
ξ No alcohol or dairy products
ξ 2-Ensure Clear® 4 packs
Mix GoLYTELY® with warm drinking
water to the top of line on bottle and shake.
It will be clear. Store this in the refrigerator.
Use within 48 hours. Okay to add Crystal
Light® powder mix to each glass.
Day before surgery you will drink the prep.
Clear your schedule of other duties for
today. Drink only clear liquids all day, today
and tomorrow. Drink 3 bottles of Ensure
Clear® today. If you are taking any of your
scheduled medicines, take them at least 1
hour or more before or after drinking
GoLYTELY® or they may not be
9 am (or earlier): If you take morning
medicines, it is okay to take them with the 4
bisacodyl tablets and Ensure Clear®. Do not
chew or crush Bisacodyl. It is okay to do
this step earlier in the day.
Once you have a bowel movement and at
least an hour after you took your
scheduled medicines, start to drink the
GoLYTELY®. Drink 1 8oz glass every
10 minutes until half the bottle is gone –
or your stools are clear. If you see
sandy particles in the toilet water, drink
one cup of GoLYTELY® at a time until
all solid matter is gone and it looks clear.
Do not sip slowly. It works better if you
drink quickly. It is normal for you to feel
some cramps in your lower abdomen
while drinking the GoLYTELY®.
1 Day before surgery is your travel day
and the day you will take the antibiotics if
needed. You need to drink only clear liquids
all day (see list on 1st page) until midnight.
Drink 3 bottles of Ensure Clear® today.
Save one bottle of Ensure Clear® for the
morning of surgery.
ξ 3 pm: Take the 1st dose of antibiotics.
ξ 5 pm: Take the 2nd dose of antibiotics.
ξ 10 pm: Take the last dose of antibiotics.
ξ Skin Prep for Surgery-shower #1
Morning of surgery:
ξ Drink a bottle of Ensure Clear® (10 oz.).
The nurse from First Day Surgery Unit
called you with the specific time to drink
and when to stop drinking.
ξ Give yourself a Fleets® enema at least
one hour before you leave for the
ξ Skin Prep for Surgery-shower #2
When to Call the Doctor
ξ Steady stomach pain
ξ No bowel movements
ξ Cannot drink the prep
Digestive Health Center: 608-890-5000.
This is a 24 hour number.
After hours, holidays and weekends ask
for the doctor on call. Tell them your
problem. We will call you back.
Toll free: 1-855-342-9900
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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