Home Preparing for Surgery May I have food before the surgery?
May I have food before the surgery? PDF Print E-mail

No. In most cases you will be asked to avoid eating prior to your surgery. Your surgeon or the facility’s pre-operative clinic will provide detailed instructions to you. You may also look at our NPO (nothing by mouth) guideline to help tell you when to stop eating or drinking prior to your surgery. The reason for requiring an empty stomach prior to surgery is that the anesthetized patient can’t protect their lungs if something came up from their stomach because they may not be able to gag or cough adequately. Any food vomited could go into your lungs and cause you to get pneumonia (which could lead to death). If you fail to follow our fasting guidelines then your surgery could be delayed or cancelled. We do allow you to take a small amount of water to take any medications that you are told to take on the day of your surgery.


American Anesthesiology Associates of Virginia

1001 Sam Perry Blvd
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