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The Night Before Surgery

On the night before your surgery, follow these eating and drinking instructions:

  • Patients under age 6 No solid food, formula or milk after midnight the night before surgery. Water, apple juice or breast milk is allowed until three hours before the surgery is scheduled to begin.

  • Patients age 6 and over Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • EXCEPTION: If your surgery begins after 12 p.m. (noon), clear liquids are allowed until 8 a.m. This includes water, apple juice, plain jello, black tea and black coffee. No carbonated beverages, sports drinks, broth, breath mints, gum, candy or cigarettes. Failure to follow these instructions may result in your surgery being canceled.

  • Medications Take your usual morning medication with a small sip of water except oral hypoglycemic and insulin medications.
    If you take oral hypoglycemic medications (Metformin, Diabeta, etc.) do not take the night before or the morning of surgery. These medications cannot be taken within 24 hours of surgery.
    Insulin injection can be taken the night before surgery, but do not take the morning of surgery.
    Bring your diabetic medication with you to the hospital.
    If you have been instructed to take your medications different than above, please call Pre-Admission clinic at (360) 493-7144 prior to the day of your surgery.