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Smoking and Surgery

Smoking and surgery

If you are waiting for an operation then it's important to stop smoking because to stop smoking before surgery and general anaesthesia can reduce the risk of complications during and after surgery.  Why?  Because smokers are more likely to have anaesthesia complications and smoking can delay recovery and the healing process takes longer. 

This withdrawal of smoking cigarettes can be a source of much anxiety for the patient.  Hypnosis is an easy way to stop smoking before the surgical operation.  The need to stop smoking for surgical operations has been the motivating factor for some patients to give up smoking for good, not just for anaesthesia but for overall health after having experienced a wonderful sense of well-being.  To learn how to: stop smoking

According to researchers, patients who are able to quit smoking for 4 weeks prior to the operation are able to reduce the risk of complications.  For patients who have ceased smoking for 10 weeks or more have their risk reduced to almost the same as patients that have never smoked.  Even after 2 weeks there are benefits.

How to give up smoking cigarettes

If you live in or around the M3, Camberley, Surrey area and you want to give up smoking cigarettes, then call me. Enjoy your last cigarettes, come in for a session and leave as a non-smoker. It’s as easy as that. The cost of the 90 minute session is £180.

Need help to give up smoking cigarettes?

If you want to become a non-smoker now, and you need further information on how to give up smoking, or you want to book an appointment to quit smoking now - call  01276 65598.

Effect of smoking on surgical operations

There are multiple studies which show that smoking cigarettes cause independent risk factors for complications during and post surgery - ranging from cardiovascular performance, lung functioning and surgical wound healing.

1.  Smoking increases the amount of carbon monoxide in the body.  The carbon monoxide attaches itself to the haemoglobin in the blood and thereby reduces the amount of oxygen needed.  This has an overall effect of a decreased supply of oxygen which is needed for the cells to heal.

2.  As the body has a reduced supply of oxygen caused by the carbon monoxide, the heart is having to work harder than necessary to compensate for the shortage of oxygen.

3.  The nicotine increases the heartbeat rate and blood pressure.

4.  Smoking also affects the lung performance.  When the tobacco smoke condenses it forms tiny particles of tar.  Tar is then deposited in the lungs and respiratory system and is gradually absorbed.  A smoker would have more mucus in the lungs and the small airways in the lungs become narrower and more prone to collapsing.

Overall the oxygen supply to the body is compromised whilst at the same time the body is being stimulated to demand more oxygen:

  • Smoking reduces the blood flow to the cell
  • Smoking reduces the ability of haemoglobin to move oxygen
  • Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen released to the cells.
  • Smoking causes the heart to work harder to compensate for the oxygen shortages.

After surgery recovery is significantly better for patients who had never smoked and those who stopped smoking than for smokers.


The use of nicotine gum and patches are no help around the time of surgery.  The nicotine products can interfere with the healing process in the same way as nicotine in cigarettes.

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