Bowel Preparation for Orthopaedic Surgery

This information explains how to do a bowel preparation for your orthopaedic surgery.

It’s important that your bowel is clean and empty before your orthopaedic surgery. Follow the instructions below to do your bowel preparation.  

2 Days Before Your Surgery

You will need to follow a clear liquid diet for 2 days before your surgery. Examples of clear liquids are listed in the table below. During your bowel preparation:

  • Don’t eat any solid foods.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of liquids other than water, black coffee, and tea. Try to drink at least 1 (8-ounce) glass every hour while you’re awake.
  Drink Do Not Drink
Soups
  • Clear broth or bouillon
  • Clear consommé
  • Packaged vegetable, chicken, or beef broth
Any products with any particles of dried food or seasoning
Sweets
  • Gelatin, such as Jell-O®
  • Flavored ices
  • Hard candies, such as Lifesavers®
All others
Beverages
  • Clear fruit juices, such as white cranberry, white grape, apple
  • Soda, such as 7-Up®, Sprite®, ginger ale, seltzer, Gatorade®
  • Black coffee
  • Tea
  • Water
  • Juices with pulp
  • Nectars
  • Milk or cream
  • Alcoholic beverages

At 3:00 pm, 2 days before your surgery, drink 1 full bottle of magnesium citrate.

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