Preparation for an abdominal colon resection or rectal excision requires that your colon be cleansed of stool and bacteria. This cleansing allows for a safer anastomosis (joining of two pieces of bowel) and decreases the incidence of wound infection. Your physician will choose the appropriate regimen for you, which may include oral antibiotics such as erythromycin, neomycin, or ciprofloxacin.
It is very important that, whichever plan is established, you follow the prescription completely. If you are unable to complete the plan, your surgery may need to be canceled or rescheduled. Please call your physician's office with any problems.