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​​​​​​​​​​​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. Only drink clear fluids 4 hours prior to your operation. Examples of clear fluids you can drink include: apple juice, beef or chicken broth (no noodles or vegetables), Jell-O or popsicles, water, cranberry juice, pop (ginger-ale, 7-Up), lemonade and tea. TIP: By drinking warm fluids such as tea or broth you may not feel as hungry.
  3. 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. Read more about cleaning your skin.​
  4. Remove all nail polish and body piercings.
  5. If you smoke, do not do so for 24 hours before your operation.
  6. Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before your operation.​​