The Day before Your Surgery
Remember not to eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your surgery, or as directed by your anesthesiologist. This includes water, breath mints and even chewing gum. Having food in your stomach can create a risk during surgery. Consult your doctor about whether you should discontinue taking regularly scheduled medication, herbal products or aspirin prior to surgery.
If you are advised to continue taking your medication, you should take it with only a sip of water. Refrain from smoking after midnight and during the day of your surgery. Be sure to make arrangements in advance to have a responsible adult drive you home and be available to you after surgery.
Regulations do not permit you to drive or use a taxicab.