Full Bowel Prep Using Bisacodyl/GoLYTELY®
Follow these steps as you prepare your
bowel for surgery. Please note that “clear
liquid” means no sediment, no fiber, and no
pulp. Clear does not mean colorless.
Day before surgery eat breakfast and then
drink only clear liquids. You will drink the
prep the same day.
Water, sparkling water or soda
Gelatin (no added fruit or topping)
homemade from box only
Popsicles with no pieces of fruit or
Broth or bouillon
Juice with no pulp (apple, no orange)
Coffee or tea, no creamer – sugar is ok
Gatorade® or other clear sports drinks
No alcohol or dairy products
Ensure Clear® 4 pack
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.
You will drink the prep and take antibiotics
if needed. 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
ξ 9 am (or earlier): If you take morning
meds, it is okay to take them with the 4
bisacodyl tablets and Gatorade®/Ensure
Clear®. Do not chew or crush. It is okay
to do this step earlier in the day.
ξ As soon as you have a bowel movement,
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
ξ 1 hour after you finish the
GoLYTELY®: Take the 1st dose of
ξ 3-4 hours later: Take the 2nd dose of
ξ 10 pm: Take the last dose of antibiotics.
ξ Skin Prep for Surgery-shower #1
You should keep drinking clear liquids until
bedtime. Drink 3 bottles of Ensure Clear®
today. Save the 4th bottle to drink the
morning of surgery.
The Morning of Surgery
ξ Drink the 4th 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 Light-headed or dizzy
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
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright 11/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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