​​​​​​​​​​​Day Before Your Operation​

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St​op​ eating food by midnight on the night before your operation. Your stomach needs to be empty.​

7 days before your surgery:
  • You may need to stop taking Aspirin or medications that have Aspirin in them for 7 days before your surgery.
  • Stop using herbal remedies or homeopathic medications which have not been approved by your surgeon for 7 days before your surgery. Some naturopathic medications may cause bleeding.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are taking blood thinner medications.
The night before your surgery:
  • Do NOT eat anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Do NOT drink coffee, black coffee or tea, milk or milk products, or orange juice after midnight before your surgery.
  • You may have a sip of water or clear fluids up to 5 hours before your surgery. Then do not drink anything within 5 hours of your surgery.
    Clear fluids are:
    • Water
    • Cranberry juice
    • Clear soda (such as ginger ale and 7-Up)
    • Apple juice
    • Clear broth
    • Plain Jell-o
  • Take all your usual medications unless your doctor told you otherwise.
  • If you smoke, do not do so for 24 hours before your operation.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before your operation.
  • Remove all nail polish and body piercings.
  • You must have a shower with soap and water to clean your skin the night before and the morning of your operation to reduce the chance of infection after your operation.
  • Follow all special instructions explained to you during your pre-admission visit.

PLEASE NOTE: For reasons beyond the control of the surgical team, your surgery may have to be rescheduled, which can even happen on the day of surgery. If this happens, your surgical team will do all they can to reschedule your surgery in a timely manner.