Last updated on 29th March 2016

Microlax enema

This is prescribed to empty the lower bowel prior to surgery. You should administer the enema at home the evening before your scheduled surgery.

  1. Twist and pull the seal off the nozzle.
  2. Squeeze the tube slightly so that a drop of Microlax smears the tip and thus makes insertion easier.
  3. Insert the nozzle fully into the rectum.
  4. Squeeze out the contents fully by squeezing the shoulder of the tube.
  5. Keeping the tube squeezed tightly, withdraw the nozzle. Administer the contents of one tube rectally as a single dose.

Phosphate enema

This is prescribed if we just need the lower bowel to be empty. The nursing staff on admission will administer this.

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