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Pre-operative Bowel Preparation for Laparoscopic Procedures

Clear liquid diet on the day before surgery to be taken for breakfast, lunch, and supper. 

• Water 
• Carbonated beverages (soda pop) 
• Jello (no fruit added) 
• Clear soup (bouillon, chicken or beef broth) 
• Coffee and tea (without milk or cream added) 
• Kool-aid 
• Grape, apple, or cranberry juice 
• Lemon drops or other hard candy 
• Honey, sugar, or sugar substitute 

Not allowed:
• Milk 
• Alcohol 
• Any fruit juice that is not clear (no orange or tomato juice) 
• All solid food 

Drink plenty of water on that day to keep from becoming dehydrated. 

Drink one bottle of Magnesium Citrate (available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy) at 12:00 noon the day before surgery.

  • Magnesium Citrate is best tolerated when chilled well. Drink with a straw placed well back on the tongue to avoid the sour taste.


10/13/10 J.S.Wolf