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9th Floor, Tanner Building
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222

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Anesthesia Services

Great Lakes Anesthesiology
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 878-7701

Anesthesia services are provided by Great Lakes Anesthesiology. Their office can be reached by calling (716) 878-7701. For questions regarding insurance coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly.

Introduction: All healthy patients for elective surgery qualify for the following minimal fasting guidelines. 

Clear fluid (non-pulp) 2 hours
Breast milk 4 hours
Non-human milk (cow’s milk) 6 hours
Infant formula 6 hours
Solid food nothing after midnight

Here are some important tips to help you through this process:

  • Review these guidelines the day before surgery.
  • Give NO SOLID FOOD to your child after midnight the day of surgery. Since the stomach must be empty for general anesthesia, and solid food takes a long time to digest, it is not safe to eat solid food the day of surgery.
  • Your child is only allowed to have clear liquids before surgery. There are no exceptions. Clear liquids may be given up to two hours before scheduled surgery.
  • Clear liquids include:
    • water
    • sugar water
    • pulp-free apple juice
    • coffee or tea (black)
    • ginger ale
    • Pedialyte®
    • 7-Up®
    • Gatorade®
    • pulp-free grape juice
  • Breast milk, milk, non-human milk, apple cider and orange juice are not clear liquids.

These guidelines do not apply to laboring women.

The policy pertaining to solid food is applicable to any quantity of solid food.

No Gum • No Hard Candy • No Suckers • No Mints

Gum chewing is considered the same as clear liquids as far as NPO guidelines are concerned, however, if swallowed it becomes solid food.

Remember! Patients who have not followed the recommendations outlined above are likely to experience postponements or cancellations.

Don’t worry! Your child will not suffer from dehydration as a result of not eating or drinking.

If your baby is under three months of age, the last formula or breast milk feeding may be given up to four hours before scheduled surgery. Clear fluids may be given up to two hours before scheduled surgery.

If your child’s anesthesiologist is concerned that the instructions were not followed, your child’s surgery may be rescheduled later in the day or for another day. This is a safety issue, so please be understanding.

If you have any questions, or are unclear about what or when you can feed your child prior to surgery, please contact your surgeon’s office or the Anesthesia Department at (716) 878-7701.