Stopping smoking before your surgery “every day makes a difference”.​ Doctors strongly recommend patients quit smoking at least eight weeks prior to surgery.

Smokers are at increased risk of lung, heart and wound-related complications following surgery, including: 

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Surgical wound infection
  • Chest or lung infection (pneumonia)
  • Stroke and heart attack 
  • Clots in your lungs or legs
  • Prolonged hospital stay and a higher chance of being readmitted

Quitting reduces your risk of all these complications and improves your recovery. It also improves your overall health and adds years to your life.


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