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Getting Ready for Colorectal Surgery

Preparing at Home

You will begin the bowel preparation (prep) at home the day before your child is expected to have surgery to clean the bowel. Additionally, your child will be admitted to the hospital before their procedure to continue to clean their bowels. View the PDF.


At the time of admission you can expect the following things to happen:

  • Vital signs will be checked
  • An intravenous (IV) line will be placed
  • Bowel prep will continue to clear out stool
  • Rectal irrigations to help clean out the bowels