Hi Katty3943! Sorry for taking so long to answer you but I have had my 64th birthday this month and while it's nice to be the "special" one for awhile it still sets me back to think "how can I be that old and when will I ever stop having all these problems and actually grow up?"
Right now I want to address your question and then post some things on my mind to all who may be interested.
You asked if I had to have a barium enema and the answer is no but I had some prepping to do..
My surgeon wanted me to have a colonoscopy prior to surgery and we tried to arrange the test and the surgery a day apart so I would only have one prep but due to the doctors schedules we were unable to arrange the surgery any closer than 3 weeks.
The scheduler gave me written instructions for colon cleansing but told me I didn't have to do the full prep because I'd been on the bag for ten months. They gave me a jug that had powdered ingredients of GOLITELY that I had to add a gallon of water to and also added a lemonade type flavor.
I started drinking it at 5:30 the night before the test in 8 oz. glassfuls every 15 mins until I started my bowels moving. Normal dosage would have been until jug was empty. This was after a full day of liquid diet not anything colored except green or yellow or coffee colored.
I tell you I was starving that day. I did better completely fasting than just teasing my appetite with unsatisfying liquids.
When it came time for pre op I had a big surprise! My tests showed there was a lot of stool left in my colon between the stoma and anal passage. I had passed the mucous a few times as they said I would but had no idea of this!
I was also told the gastroenterologist first scoped my colon from my anus to my stoma. (I was unconscious) then turned me to put the scope thru my stoma up to my stomach (I guess) and he was unable to insert the tube because my stoma too small. He had to get a pediatric scope to finish the test.
He reported all looked good but the surgeon had me drink the entire gallon of Golitely and then I had to use a Fleet Bisacodyl enema 6 hrs before surgery so I was up at 4a.m. trying to decide the best way to perform this operation by myself! Lol! I'm actually glad I am by myself because I don't think I would have taken any helpful advice graciously.
I was prepared well in advance of surgery date thank goodness because I was unable to find that particular enema in stock on any local pharmacy shelves. I had to order it from Amazon isn't that the craziest thing you ever heard? It wasn't a prescription, I had to buy it over the counter.
So that was my prep process and we thought I was ready to go in and out of surgery fairly quickly but ended up being worked on for 5 hrs because there was a lot of scar tissue on the outside of my colon that wasn't apparent in the test.
God Bless my surgeon for saving my life AGAIN! She seemed completely done in when she checked on me before leaving the hospital! Apparently I was bleeding heavily too and she thought she lost me. I have so many people to be grateful to that I just hope I don't ever take this wonderful life for granted. It's up to me to pay forward my many blessings and I've already started to work on it.