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Before you arrive at the hospital

  • You may eat up to eight hours before your surgery.
    • Eat light meals, such as oatmeal or toast.
    • Avoid foods that are heavy or high in fat, such as meat or fried foods.
  • Do not use chewing tobacco six hours before your surgery.
  • You may have clear liquids up to two hours before your surgery.
    • Drink water, fruit juice without pulp, tea or black coffee.
    • You may also have hard candy and gum.
    • Do not drink milk or alcohol, or eat yogurt.
  • Take your prescribed heart, blood pressure, asthma, anti-Parkinson's, steroid, seizure or pain medicines as directed with a small sip of water, unless your health care provider gives you other instructions.
  • Bathe or shower. Dress in comfortable clothing.
  • Arrive at the hospital two hours before your surgery.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Preparing for Your Hysterectomy, gyn-ah-95582
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education experts
First Published: 04/25/2013
Last Reviewed: 11/30/2015