Preoperative Fasting (NPO)

If you are having a procedure or surgery with anesthesia, please carefully follow the instructions shown in the table below with particular attention to the following in order to avoid cancellation on the day of your arrival:

  • Do not eat solid food, fat and cream for at least 8 hours prior to your anesthesia.
  • Do not drink clear liquid for at least 2 hours prior to your anesthesia. Small sips of water may be taken with oral medications as instructed by your doctor.
FASTING (NPO) GUIDELINES
Food and LiquidMinimum Hours to Avoid Before Anesthesia
Solid food, fat, cream8 hours fasting
Clear liquid, water2 hours