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Why must I fast before surgery?

Fasting is often recommended before surgery. This ensures that your stomach and intestines are empty and do not crowd the area being operated on. It also helps to make sure that stomach matter does not get into the chest cavity due to weakness from anesthesia. Also, fasting 12 hours before some medical testing is recommend by physicians so that your stomach and digestive contents do not interfere with the results.

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