Our expert says:
If you eat prior to surgery, there is the possibility that the food in your stomach can move up through the oesophagus and land up in your airways. This can be a life threathening situation. Therefore, it is not advisible to eat 12 hours before elective surgery. In the case of emergency surgery, special precautions are taken to protect the airways and the risk of food aspiration far outway the risk of death, in the event of severe trauma.
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