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Unread 03-03-2004, 10:16 PM
saw Anaesthetist - have a question

Hi Everyone,

I saw the Anaethetist regarding my fistula repair on the 15th. The op is booked for 4pm and he told me I could have normal breakfast, morning tea at 10am and then clear fluids till 1pm. This only actually gives me 3 hours of fasting. Does this sound right? I always understood it was an absolute minimum of 6 hours. Can anyone else tell me what happened to them? It will be an abdominal repair.

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Unread 03-04-2004, 12:14 AM
saw Anaesthetist - have a question


New guidelines came out from the American Academy of Anesthesiology. They did a study and found that the outcomes were no different (i.e., no more aspiration pneumonias, etc.) whether you were held without eating for three hours or for eight. In fact, patients are often so dehydrated that it can make things difficult for them in terms of maintaining your fluid balances.

Is your doctor having you do a bowel prep? Sometimes the surgeon wants a bowel prep, and in that case, it may change the anesthesiology requirements as well (typically they want nothing solid after you're finished). I would check on that.

Good luck to you! I hope it all goes well and that you come home nice and dry forever!

Unread 03-04-2004, 01:56 AM
saw Anaesthetist - have a question

Hi Audrey!

Thanks for that, I did wonder if I should not drink anyway for 6 hours but of course that could make me more dehydrated than he wants, so I guess I had better be a good princess and follow what he says. I am glad to hear there are guidelines though, I hadn't heard that and was a bit worried.


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