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Unread 07-03-2005, 03:31 PM
Going Nuts

This not eating before tomorrw's surgery is already driving me crazy. I had such a busy mornign this morning getting one child ready to go to church with her granma and the other child ready for a birthday party that all I had time to eat before noon was 1/2 a sandwich. How is it that I am now supposed to go until after my surgery before eating again. AAAHHH.
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Unread 07-03-2005, 06:12 PM
Going Nuts

I was told no eating after midnight and I was the first surgery scheduled that morning for my DR at 8am. I don't understand why you can't have anything to eat after noon!!!!

Good Luck and sending lots and lots of 'S your way,
Unread 07-03-2005, 06:15 PM
Going Nuts

You should be able to eat and drink light foods until midnight tonight.

I would avoid dairy and fried foods though, and anything that causes gas - but you certainly can eat and drink until midnight.

What did your doctor say?
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Unread 07-03-2005, 07:50 PM
Going Nuts

For Heaven's sake, do what your doc said not what others think you should or shouldn't be able to do.

I was not to eat the entire day before my surgery- not even before noon. But, no matter, follow the instructions your doctor gave you!

Something to think about: some women may or may not have suspected bowel involvement going in. It's not all that uncommon to have endo or fibroids sticking the uterus to other organs, including the bowel. And, even if that's not the case, my surgical report said that my surgeon had my bowel on packs outside my body while she worked to unstick a large dermoid tumor from my uterus. You don't want a surgeon handling your bowel if it's got something in it. Really.

So, just hang in there with the liquids. Follow the orders. It's very important.
Unread 07-03-2005, 09:44 PM
Going Nuts

I've heard everything from "don't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery" (which is what the docs told me) to two full days of clear liquids only before surgery.....

It all depends on your doctor's and hospital's practices. Some do bowel preps, others do not. In my case, I had no bowel prep, but I did two enemas the morning of surgery at the hospital.

Please -- do exactly as you were directed to do. You risk having your surgery cancelled if you have food in your system when they aren't expecting you to have it in there, because your anaesthesia is planned for a "clean" GI tract.

Best wishes to you! My surgery wasn't until the afternoon. I was worried about being famished and thirsty, but I was really OK.


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