Preoperative preparation includes blood
tests, medical evaluation, chest x-ray and an ECG depending on your age and medical
You may require tests specific to you
disease e.g. ultrasonography, CT scan, MRI etc.
After your surgeon reviews with you the
potential risks and benefits of the operation, you will need to provide written
consent for surgery.
Your surgeon may request that you
completely empty your colon and cleanse your intestines prior to surgery.
It is recommended that you shower the
night before and the morning of the operation.
After midnight the night before the
operation, you should not eat or drink anything except medications that your surgeon
has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water on the morning of surgery.
Drugs such as aspirin, blood thinners and
anti-inflammatory medications (arthritis medications) will need to be stopped
temporarily for several days to a week prior to surgery. Please inform your surgeon
if you are on any of these medications.
Quit smoking and arrange for any help you
may need at home.