It is a well-established practice to ask patients scheduled for any type of surgery utilizing General Anesthesia to fast for a minimum of 8 hours prior to surgery. This is done for the patientsí safety. Consumption of even small amounts of solids or liquids causes the stomach to secrete digestive acids and enzymes.
These substances are extremely harmful to the tissues of the lungs. During General Anesthesia the normal reflexes that prevent you from inhaling liquids are subdued. Therefore, any sort of regurgitation of the stomach contents could lead to life threatening complications. We ask that you follow the instructions carefully for your safety and to avoid cancellation of your procedure.