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A 46-year-old member asked:

What amount water can i drink before getting general anesthesia?

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Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
You could: drink a glass of water two hours before general anesthesia.
Dr. Karen Sibert
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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Why can't I drink water prior to general anesthesia?

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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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Is it dangerous to get general anesthesia?

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