The Day Before Surgery

Someone from the office will confirm the specific pre-operative instructions for your case. They usually include the following:

  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the day of your surgery. You may brush your teeth, taking care not to swallow any water.
  • Follow your doctor’s orders regarding the taking of any medications the night before or the day or your surgery.
  • Refrain from smoking after midnight the day of your surgery.
  • Notify us immediately if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever or flu symptom.
  • If there is a chance you are pregnant, please notify us immediately.

We will also determine what medications you should stop taking before surgery, when they should be stopped, and when you can resume taking them after surgery. This will be confirmed on a case-by-case basis.

Patients who are well prepared for their surgery usually have a smoother recovery. We advise the patient to plan ahead and buy some soft food items prior to surgery. The following are examples of soft food items:

  • Hearty Soups (cream of asparagus, lentil, minestrone, split peas
  • Juice (cranberry, apple, grape) avoid citrus juice for a few days
  • Herbal Tea
  • Jell-O
  • Yogurt (soft or frozen)
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Pudding/Custard
  • Soft Fruit (banana, papaya, berries, canned peaches or pears)
  • Applesauce
  • Popsicles
  • Ice Cream & Milkshakes
  • Fresh Cooked Vegetables
  • Fruit Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat
  • Eggs (scrambled, soft boiled, omelettes, egg salad)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Rice, Risotto, Tofu, Pasta (plain or with sauce)
  • Fish (soft white fish, sole, trout, snapper)


Please avoid the following foods the first 7 days after surgery:

  • Spicy Foods
  • Foods that are difficult to chew
  • Popcorn & Chips (avoid for a month)
  • French bread loafs and Baguettes
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Further instructions and specifics vary by type of surgery to be done. Please select from the options below for further information.