The following general advice will help you prepare yourself for your upcoming surgery:

Fasting:

You need to avoid food or milk-containing beverages for 6 hours prior to surgery. This does not apply to all fluids (read below).  The reason you need to avoid food is that there is a small risk of aspirating stomach contents when go under anaesthesia, and so anaesthetists like patients to have an empty stomach at the time of surgery. However, in recent years doctors have also acknowledged that prolonged fasting can cause dehydration and other detrimental effects. Therefore, we now encourage patients to consume clear fluids (such as apple juice, powerade or black tea) up to 2 hours prior to your surgery. You can also drink small sips of water until 1 hour prior to your operation.  Clear fluids are emptied quickly from your stomach and do not pose a risk for aspiration.

 

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