PRE-OPERATIVE FASTING

(when to stop eating before your surgery or procedure)

There is an enormous risk involved when anaesthesia is administered while your stomach contains food! To ensure that your stomach is empty, a certain period of time is required for you to be starved before your anaesthesia.

The following times apply:


  • 8 hours for a large fatty meal
  • 6 hours for a normal meal (including milk)
  • 4 hours for breast milk
  • 2 hours for clear fluids e.g. water, clear apple juice or clear energy drinks.

When in doubt, call us for advice. Non-compliance will lead to postponement of your surgery. Remember your safety is our primary concern!