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Hip Replacement Surgery Tip #31: Evacuate So They Don’t Have To

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What Not To Do Before Hip Replacement Surgery – Common Sense

You will be instructed not to eat the night before and the morning of surgery. Well, that makes sense.

No one wants you gurgling up food or water on the operating table, and impacting your ability to breathe.

What Not To Do Before Hip Replacement Surgery – Self Discovery

Well the requirements get a little more rigorous. Additionally, the hospital will request that you have a bowel movement the morning of your surgery. More specifically, the orthopedic nurse said to me, “Evacuate your bowels before surgery.”

I guess he believed in self discovery as he didn’t really say why I needed to have emptied my intestines.

Evacuate So They Don’t Have To

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Upon further review, I came to the determination that neither they (nor you) want any room-clearing surprises on the operating table when I entered a super relaxed state.

 

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Hip Tip: If you are a compulsive planner, take a mild laxative the day before surgery to ensure you have a bowel movement. Don’t disappoint your surgical team.

Evacuate

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