How Do I Prepare for Surgery?
December 13, 2017
Renown’s team of nurses and respiratory therapists discuss what you need to know before undergoing surgery, including fasting guidelines and how to improve recovery.
There are several things to know before you undergo surgery, including steps to prepare at home in advance of your procedure.
- No solid foods eight hours prior to surgery
- You may have clear liquids three hours before your surgery. Clear liquids include water, apple juice and lemon or lime-flavored soda water (not cola).
In addition, do not chew or smoke tobacco (regular or e-cigarettes) after midnight the night before your surgery, unless instructed by your doctor or anesthesiologist.
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