Published: Mar. 18, 2009
Updated: Sept. 8, 2010
Gynecologic surgery can involve incisions in the vagina, the rectum, and the abdomen.
During surgery, we want to avoid contamination of these incisions by stool, which contains harmful bacteria. Harmful bacteria from stool can cause infection in the organs that have been repaired.
As you prepare for urogynecologic surgery, modifying your diet and preparing the bowel will remove most of the stool from the rectum and therefore decrease your risk for infection or related complications after surgery.
If a nurse or provider tells you to take some of your medications the morning of your surgery, you may do so with a small sip of water.
You will receive detailed instructions regarding bowel preparation at your pre-op appointment.
If you have any questions or problems regarding these instructions, please call our urogynecology nurse at 919-401-1000 ext. 6, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you need assistance during the evening, at night, on weekends, or over a holiday, please call 919-684-8111 and ask for the urogynecologist on call.