Before Your Surgery

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    For your safety it is important that your stomach be empty before you have surgery and anesthesia. Most of the drugs used for anesthesia will decrease the protective reflexes that prevent stomach contents from entering the lungs. This process, known as aspiration is a rare but serious complication that can cause significant damage. In general, we ask that you have nothing to eat or drink after midnight, on the evening before your surgery.
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