Spivey88 Member Posts: 43

I just started my magnesium citrate for my surgery tomorrow.  This stuff taste terrible.  Does everyone have to drink this and why?


  • Bay Area Guy
    Bay Area Guy Member Posts: 611 Member
    It's all for bowel prep.

    It's all for bowel prep.  Some hospitals insist on an empty bowel for any surgery.  Stanford, where I had mine done, said no food after midnight the night before and nothing by mouth within five hours of the surgety.  I was fortunate enough to get to eat a light dinner before my surgery last week.

    Best wishes for a rearly boring, uneventful surgery tomorrow and a swift recovery.  

  • icemantoo
    icemantoo Member Posts: 3,361 Member
    It has another name.

    Liquid Plummer. Yes we all enjoyed it too.



  • daisybud
    daisybud Member Posts: 538 Member
    edited July 2016 #4
    Yucky stuff

    Good luck tomorow :) 

    It will be over before you know  it  



  • daisybud
    daisybud Member Posts: 538 Member
    edited July 2016 #5
    Yours sound similar to mine

    My mass was 2.5 had partial done this past February. 

  • medic1971
    medic1971 Member Posts: 224 Member

    Yes, two bottles.  I think it helps cut down on the risk of a bowel perforation during surgery and or bowel obstruction after surgery.  Not 100% sure, just a guess.  It sucked too Surprised  


  • hardo718
    hardo718 Member Posts: 853 Member
    Install the seatbelt, get ready for liftoff!!

    Haha.  Luckily, I didn't have to partake in that adventure, like Bay Area Guy I just had to abstain for several hours prior to the procedure.

    Happy trails,

    Donna~Tongue Out

  • Jan4you
    Jan4you Member Posts: 1,330 Member
    Yes so pleasant, but better

    Yes so pleasant, but better than a Colonoscopy prep. I know a person who "forgot" to pick this up and his surgery was cancelled. You do NOT want ANY source of infection present. So yes, it is necessary.

    Good luck! We all will be thinking of you!


  • JerzyGrrl
    JerzyGrrl Member Posts: 760 Member
    edited July 2016 #9
    Yecch or Yum?

    When I had to drink prep for a colonoscopy, I was given the following suggestions by a gastro physician friend:  Drink the stuff mixed with (strained) apple juice and seltzer (club soda), on ice, in a really fancy glass, through a straw.  Wasn't nearly so "yecch" that way.  I was able to use a lemon-ginger flavored prep that didn't require the gallon or so of liquid that some preps do.  Made it (almost)"yummy."

  • Footstomper
    Footstomper Member Posts: 1,237 Member
    I just throw away the straw

    And chug the lot in one go. I dont think it tastes that bad.

  • hardo718
    hardo718 Member Posts: 853 Member
    Mag Cit

    that's not too bad, luckily you don't have to use GoLytely.....(which by the way, will make you do anything but go lightly).  That stuff is just a gallon of cruelty.  They said, oh just mix Crystal Lite in with it and serve on ice, voila.  I'll NEVER drink Crystal Lite again!!  Yell


  • donna_lee
    donna_lee Member Posts: 1,037 Member
    The lovely "juice"

    They want a clean house before surgery.  Cran-raspberry juice also covers the flavor.  If you have anything in the small or large intestines, it makes it more croweded in the pelvis when they are trying to work

    And under an extremely remote chance that there is an errant penetration of the bowel, they don't want a leak into the cavity.

    So put on your big girl panties and do as told.  It's all for the best.  And much good luck.


  • mrou50
    mrou50 Member Posts: 389 Member
    Good luck

    Good luck with the surgery as for the drink I never had it so I can't help you there.



  • jason.2835
    jason.2835 Member Posts: 337 Member
    I'm odd...

    I found it oddly liberating... It's nice to get cleaned out every once in a while...


    - Jay