Do You Need to Starve Before Surgery?

Lying in a hospital bed, it can be the most infuriating of responses. You've been suffering for hours in labor or awaiting a major surgery and all you ask for is a bite to eat. But the nurse says no. For generations, doctors have put patients on a strict fast before a major surgery. Ten years ago, the recommendation was no food or drink for eight hours before anesthesia. Not even a glass of water. A toned-down version of the fasting rules even applies to women in labor on the off chance...Full Story
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