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Stop eating and drinking by midnight on the night before your operation. Your stomach needs to be empty.​

What should I do the day before my operation?
  1. ​​You must have a shower with soap and water to clean your skin the night before and the morning of your surgery to reduce the chance of infection after your operation.
  2. Remove all nail polish and body piercings.
  3. If you smoke, do not do so for 24 hours before your operation.
  4. Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before your operation.

How can I prepare for my operation at home?
  • Make or buy extra meals and freeze them for after your operation.
  • Arrange for someone to look after your family and pets while you are in the hospital.
  • Arrange for someone to pick you up at the hospital on the day you expect to go home.
  • Arrange for help at home during the first few weeks of your recovery.
  • You may need help with groceries, cooking, laundry, cleaning and rides to medical appointments.
  • Make arrangements for out-of-town family. Find a list of places to stay near the hospital​.
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