A 46-year-old member asked:
What amount water can i drink before getting general anesthesia?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Anesthesiology
4.1k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Timing is important!: It's not so much the amount, it's the timing. Some hospitals are very strict about nothing by mouth for 6-8 hours. Others will let you drink water up to 2-4 hours before surgery. Check with your hospital or surgery center about their policy. Do not eat any solid food after midnight or 6-8 hours before surgery. Clear liquids OK espcially if you need to take your meds, but nothing within 2 hours.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Why can't I drink water prior to general anesthesia?
5 doctor answers • 12 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 34 years experience
Risk of aspiration: General anesthesia is usually administered by placing a breathing tube down your throat into the trachea ("windpipe") after which an inhalational anesthetic can be given. When performing this, you are at risk for the contents of your stomach "regurgitating" up into the mouth and down the windpipe, which can be very toxic to the lungs. Therefore, the less in the stomach, the better.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Is it dangerous to get general anesthesia?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Anesthesiology 17 years experience
There are risks: There are risks associated with any type of anesthesia and the degree of those risks depend on your medical problems, the type of surgery, and the type of anesthesia. On average anesthesia is very safe and is a lot less dangerous than it was even just 10 years ago. Anesthesiology a a specialty is very focused on safety.
5.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated May 13, 2014
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