I had a da Vinvi RRP 2 weeks ago. My last meal was breakfast the day before surgery.
I was told I could've eaten lunch the day before. But the laxative instructions state not to eat within 4 hours of taking the laxative.
I drank the 1 gallon of laxative around 3 PM the day before surgery. It started working in about an hour and a half. The laxative treatment was like a major garden hose full flush through my bowels. By 6 PM the laxative treatment was pretty much finished.
I drank only water until midnight; after that nothing was permitted. I was not instructed to do an enima.
Following surgery it took about 3 days to have a BM. Even after 2 weeks my bowels are still not totally normal, but close.
Age 58; da Vinci prostatectomy on 1/26/2011
PSA History: 10/2005 = 1.7; 10/2007 = 2.8; 10/2009 = 3.6; 10/2010 = 4.9
Abnormal DRE in 2009; Increasingly abnormal DRE in 2010
Biopsy on 11/23/2010: GS = 3+4 (right side) with 4 of 6 cores positive @ 40%.
Post-OP pathology: GS=3+4; tumor = 35%; pT3b; R. seminal vesicle invasion; Extraprostatic extension into the R. bladder neck; margins uninvolved