For my 31 years of Orthopaedic Surgery practice and ten years of training before that, EVERYONE followed the axiom that an empty stomach before surgery was absolutely essential to avoid potentially fatal aspiration. But now it appears that may be completely wrong.
A very knowledgeable patient told me just this week about a stem cell group whose well-produced promotional materials had greatly impressed him. They were treating a variety of diseases with great success he felt. I looked into them for him at his request. I found that they were using techniques that are not FDA approved. And unfortunately there had been multiple serious health problems in patients treated by them.