Your Diet and Preparing for Surgery

Preoperative Fasting Guidelines - Adults

The presurgical diet guidelines below are for general purposes only. Your physician or surgeon may require you to follow an alternative plan. In that case, follow your physician's instructions rather than the guidelines below.

Fourteen Days Prior to Surgery

The Day Before Surgery

Day of Surgery

Clear Fluid Diet (Any Meal)

Allowed:
  • Water
  • Apple, Cranberry & Grape Juice
  • Gatorade
  • Black Coffee or Tea
  • Clear Broth
  • Ginger ale and Seltzer
  • Jello and Italian Ice
  • Ensure® Pre-Surgery – (IF instructed)
Not Allowed:
  • Milk or Dairy Products (including in coffee and tea)
  • Citrus Juices
  • Prune Juice
  • Juices with Pulp
  • Any food or beverage not listed in the "allowed" column
 

Preoperative Fasting Guidelines - Pediatrics

Eat a light dinner the day before surgery.

Type of Food
Clear liquids (water, fruit juices without pulp, carbonated beverages, clear tea, black coffee)
Breast milk
Infant formula
Non-human milk (cow milk, soy milk, etc.)
Solid meal
Minimum Time Before Surgery
Allowed up to 3 hours before surgery

Allowed up to 3 hours before surgery
Allowed up to 6 hours before surgery
Allowed up to 6 hours before surgery
Allowed up to 8 hours before surgery
 
 

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