Do not eat within 6 hours of your Anaesthetic
Clear fluids until 2 hrs pre- surgery
No food within 6 hrs of surgery
No formula feed within 6 hrs of surgery
No breast milk within 4 hrs of surgery
Clear fluids ( water,apple juice) up to 2 hrs before surgery
Many drugs should be given on the day of surgery even when the patient is nil by mouth.
A few exceptions are listed below. Drugs may be taken with a small amount of water at any time during the NBM period.
ACE inhibitors (Ramipril, enalapril, perindopril, captopril)
Contact surgeon regarding use of blood thinners (Plavix, Aspirin, warfarin etc) pre- operatively
Pre-operatively please follow the Diabetes medication instructions:
If in doubt, please contact your Anaesthetist.
No one can guarantee an incident free anaesthetic. Complications may be related to underlying patient conditions, the surgery, the anaesthetic, procedures done for pain relief or monitoring.
The following list includes some of anaesthetic related complications:
Damage to teeth, lips and tongue
Damage to the eye during general anaesthesia
Post- operative chest infection
Becoming confused after an operation
Accidental awareness during general anaesthesia
Complications and unpleasant effects following an anaesthetic are fairly common and can occur even after previous uneventful procedures. These complications may range from trivial to brain damage and death. The following list covers some of the complications that may occur under anaesthesia or after an operation.
Complications of procedures which may be performed during your anaesthetic