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Fasting Before Surgery

Fasting before surgery is advised to avoid serious complications such as aspiration, infections, surgery complications, bowel preparation interference, nausea, vomiting, etc. It is better to stop fluid and food intake for eight to twelve hours prior to surgery. And for the last meal before fasting, it is better to have a light meal.

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Is it advisable to eat before eight hours of surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I have my surgery scheduled at 11:30 in the morning. Is it fine if I wake up at 2:30 in the morning and have a coffee and a small breakfast? Still, there will be eight and a half hours before my surgery.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Ishfaq Habib

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The Nil by mouth status for any surgery should be at least six hours before a surgery. So, if your surgery is planned for 11:30 in the morning then, you can have your breakfast even at 3:30 or 4 in the morning. However, it is preferred that more the duration of fasti...  Read Full »

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