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Eating before surgery - yet another silly question Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

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Unread 10-23-2011, 07:47 PM
Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

Hi Again,

I understand eating is a big No-No the day of surgery - BUT - Mine isn't scheduled until 2:30!

I anticipate getting real hungry between my normal 6:00 am wake up and 2:30. Plus I sometimes get caffeine withdrawal headaches.

Any helpful hints to share?
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Unread 10-23-2011, 08:03 PM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

My surgery wasn't until 1:30. I couldn't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before. I tried to keep myself busy packing for the hospital and doing little things around the house that morning. I wasn't feeling very hungry anyway just from being nervous so it wasn't a big deal to me. I don't drink coffee so hopefully you will be ok without getting a headache. Try to sleep or stay in bed a little later. That might help too. Best wishes!!
Unread 10-23-2011, 08:16 PM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

Trying to sleep in is a good idea, and just trying to stay busy. My surgery was the first one on the docket, so it was not a huge issue for me.

When i had my hernia repair it was in the afternoon, and I did think I would pass out, but I made it!

I think you will be fine...hang in there and best wishes!
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Unread 10-23-2011, 08:30 PM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

I told my anesthesiologist about my caffeine headache I had when he came in to meet me before surgery. He gave me some caffeine in the IV, and I woke up with no headache. So, when I went in for second surgery, I requested the caffeine.... I think it really helped as I came out of the anesthesia. Ask about it.......

Drink lots of water up until your cut off time. I mean, a LOT. I found otherwise I was a bit dehydrated and harder to start the IV.

I was just nervous enough the morning of my surgery, I was not hungry. And I am ALWAYS hungry.
Unread 10-23-2011, 08:32 PM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

wish I had known about caffeine in the IV! Never heard of that before.
Unread 10-23-2011, 08:41 PM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

You'll probably find you have no appetite the day of surgery. Mine was scheduled for 1:30 and I didn't even think of food. I wanted an Ativan that morning but I wasn't allowed to have one.
Unread 10-23-2011, 08:42 PM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

Thanks for all the advice, everyone.

I never heard of the caffeine in the IV either. I'll make sure to mention it!
Unread 10-23-2011, 09:05 PM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

My surgery was supposed to be at one pm but it was delayed until 2. I wasn't hungry in the least, even though I told my hubby to take my daughter out for lunch once they got me in the operating room. I think that nerves probably took care of my hunger pangs quite nicely.
Unread 10-23-2011, 09:20 PM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

Mine was supposed to be at 1:00 PM but was delayed until 5:00PM.

I about died when they told me about the time change the evening before.
I just slept in as long as I could, then slowly got ready for my day.
I tried not to think about food or drink, but I did take sips of water then spit it all out. My mouth got dry at times.
By 1:00 PM, I had my DH take me to the hospital for an early check-in.
By 2:00PM I told them that I had not had anything to eat or drink since midnight, so please check me in and "hydrate" me with an I.V.

They checked me in and I think I got an I.V. fairly quickly.
By 3:30 the anesthesiologist showed up, by 4:15 the gyn/surgeon showed up, and soon I was in "nana-land."

My last words were: "Are you sedating me NOW???" LOL.

P.S. Don't eat or drink; you may aspirate and choke to death during the surgery. There are reasons for the rules.

Good Luck.
Unread 10-24-2011, 12:42 AM
Re: Eating before surgery - yet another silly question

My surgery was scheduled for 1pm and when I got to the hospital at 10am I was told I was moved up due to a cancellation. Glad I didn't try to cheat the system! Honestly though, I was too nervous to think about food. My DH ate breakfast right in front of me and I didn't even blink.

As said already, drink LOTS of water the 2 hours before your cut off. It helps the hospital staff get an IV in on surgery day. I read that on this site and it made a huge difference! Other surgeries I have had horrible experiences with IVs, this time they got it first try no problem.

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