Day Before Your Operation

What should I do the day before my operation?
  1. DO NOT eat any solid foods or milk products after midnight on the night before your operation.
  2. Drink clear fluids only after midnight on the night before your operation. Do not drink any fluids within 5 hours of your surgery.
  3. Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before your surgery.
  4. Examples of clear fluids you can drink:
    • Apple juice
    • Beef or chicken broth (no noodles or vegetables)
    • Orange juice (without pulp)
    • Grape juice
    • Jell-O or popsicles
    • Cranberry juice
    • Pop (such as Ginger-ale, 7-Up, Coke)
    • Lemonade
    • Water
    • Coffee or Tea
  5. Take a bath or shower the night before your surgery and the morning of your surgery. If your doctor has asked you to use a cleaning solution when bathing, make sure to follow the instructions.
  6. Remove all nail polish, shellac, gel or acrylic nails from ALL of your fingers and toes.
  7. Remove all your jewellery and body piercings and leave them at home. If you cannot remove your jewellery, have a jeweller remove or cut it off before coming for surgery.
  8. Do not shave the hair around the area we will be operating on for a week before surgery.
  9. Stop smoking at least 5 hours before surgery, but it is better to stop completely.

TIP: By drinking warm fluids such as tea or broth you may not feel as hungry.

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