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How long do I need to fast before surgery........

post #1 of 20
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Monday im going in for my umbillical hernia surgery. My question is how long do I need to fast?? Originally my surgery was on last monday at 6am I was told no eating after midnite, only enough water to take my pills. Then it was resceduled for this monday at noon time but they gave me the same guidlines. How is this possible? I think its a standard "thing" to say no eating after midnite. I know the seriousness of eating before surgery but is 6 hours enough??
post #2 of 20
no eating after midnight seems to be the standard instruction.

just be glad you're not scheduled for 4pm......wink.gif
post #3 of 20

If your surgeon didn't give you instructions I would be concerned. I have surgery scheduled for June 23 and I have three pages of instructions.

post #4 of 20
Typically, fasting = 8 hours. However, the true answer to that question is whatever the doctor told you...good luck
post #5 of 20
It is simple, it is in you, you toss it, you inhale it, you're in it (big trouble).


Peace
post #6 of 20
Type of food or liquid Fasting time before surgery
Fatty or fried food 8 hours
Light meal, milk 6 hours
Clear liquids 2 hours
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by albacized View Post

Typically, fasting = 8 hours. However, the true answer to that question is whatever the doctor told you...good luck

Granted but how can it be the same duration? Surgery @ 6am no eating after midnite. Surgery @ noon no eating after midnite. Realisticaly I would say its 6 hours, just want to know if there is something im missing?????confused.gif
post #8 of 20
Not sure what the issue is - not food after midnight means no food after midnight. Seems clear enough for me and is done for a good reason. If you really want to question it ask your doc, not the folks on a striped bass fishing website...
post #9 of 20
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So your telling me if surgery was 6pm it would still be no food after midnite? While when it was 6am it was also mdinite? Thats all im saying......I called the Dr but it no-one is there saturday and sunday.
post #10 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by albacized View Post

Typically, fasting = 8 hours. However, the true answer to that question is whatever the doctor told you...good luck



Granted but how can it be the same duration? Surgery @ 6am no eating after midnite. Surgery @ noon no eating after midnite. Realisticaly I would say its 6 hours, just want to know if there is something im missing?????confused.gif


 

They stick to the midnight time, because it is a whole lot easier that making a custom program for every surgery time on a clock.

 

Yes, it can be nit-picked apart, so what.

 

The Anesthesiologist, not your surgeon establish the no food or drink after midnight.

 

If this is your first surgery, don't try and bend the procedures, you are the one who will have to live with whatever happens if you don't. There is a very real possibility of puking when you are woken after your operation, so bon appetit.

 

Stop whining and man up, you won't starve, you are not unique, plus everyone else who has surgery has to do the same thing.

 

I'll say a prayer for you on Monday

 

Remember one thing;

 

It is the Anesthesiologist, not your surgeon, who can kill you with very little effort. For your surgeon to kill you he would  have to make major errors. The Gas Doctor on the other hand makes a 10% mistake on the drugs, you will never wake up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #11 of 20
they always say nothing to eat or drink after midnight whether your surgery is at 6 am or noon or 5 pm. always.

which is why i always hope for an early surgery.

usually if it's late in the day i've had them tell me that i could have some water in the morning.

ask.

i'll be fasting with you monday morning. enjoy!
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by TLDig View Post

they always say nothing to eat or drink after midnight whether your surgery is at 6 am or noon or 5 pm. always.

which is why i always hope for an early surgery.

usually if it's late in the day i've had them tell me that i could have some water in the morning.

ask.

i'll be fasting with you monday morning. enjoy!

Im going to do what they say but you understand what im saying rite? Suppose it was 8pm! frown.gif No eating for 18 hours?? Doesnt make sense!
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
IMHO I think 6 hours is enough, its easier/safer for the Dr/hospital to tell everyone midnite.....Who knows.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by stresst View Post

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Originally Posted by TLDig View Post

they always say nothing to eat or drink after midnight whether your surgery is at 6 am or noon or 5 pm. always.

which is why i always hope for an early surgery.

usually if it's late in the day i've had them tell me that i could have some water in the morning.

ask.

i'll be fasting with you monday morning. enjoy!

Im going to do what they say but you understand what im saying rite? Suppose it was 8pm! frown.gif No eating for 18 hours?? Doesnt make sense!

Actually, they will adjust the 'NPO' order for later afternoon/evening procedures...if you had an 8 PM procedure scheduled that required an NPO order per fasting requirements, you would probably be allowed to eat up until noon. I haven't worked a clinical rotation in a perioperative suite yet to know how they handle these directions...however, I have cared for patients who are already admitted to med/surge units and are scheduled for procedures that can be scheduled at any hour of the day...and as long as their condition can tolerate a full diet, they'll be allowed to eat up to roughly 8 hours in advance of the procedure.
post #15 of 20
The reason they tell you not to eat is because of two reasons. First being, the anesthesia can make you nauseous. The second reason being is that under the anesthesia your muscles, including your stomach, will relax which could cause a back flow of your food. They worry that it can aspirate into your lungs which will lead to pneumonia. It takes between 4-8 hours to digest food. You will be FINE after 8 hours. They're telling you no food after midnight because it is a general guideline. If you want to be EXTRA SUPER safe...fast 9 hours.
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