How you prepareBy Mayo Clinic staff
You'll need to refrain from eating or drinking anything for at least two hours before your surgery. Some anesthesiologists may prefer that you don't eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to surgery; follow the recommendations of your doctor. If you're on medications, ask your doctor if you should stop taking them before or after surgery.
When you arrive at the hospital, staff members help you prepare for surgery. You need to remove eyeglasses or contact lenses, hairpins or hair ornaments, and dentures.
Before your surgery, you change into a hospital gown and may put on special stockings to prevent blood clots in your leg veins. A nurse may clean and possibly shave your abdomen. Before going to the operating room, you may receive an injection of pain medication or you may be given pain medication through an intravenous (IV) line.
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