Empty My Bowel but Not My Tum
December 3, 2008 1:33 PM Subscribe
I'm having abdominal surgery on Tuesday of next week. And you are not my doctor or, in fact a doctor at all. Although it's not bowel surgery, my bowel is notoriously difficult and always seizes up for a few days after anyone has been in there having a fiddle. What can I eat in advance to reduce the "residue" so I enter surgery with a pretty empty bowel?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
Extremely important is that I have diet controlled diabetes and have asked my doctor and he just said to eat normally till the morning of the surgery, fast before the surgery and then take it slow eating at the other end (so to speak).
I have done it his way in the past, and it has still resulted in a sluggish bowel with extreme pain and discomfort. So I'd like to help myself as much as possible and eat a low residue, low glycaemic index diet in the next few days.
Anecdotal advice welcome, doctors feel free to gnash your teeth and ignore, or contribute and any other advice or warnings are also welcome.
I've had enemas in the past, and they haven't really helped in case you were going to suggest that. Sorry if this is gross and far too much information.
If you've got any more questions, I'll email jessamyn.