Smokers and Surgery
If you are a smoker and you’re scheduled for surgery, anesthesiologists recommend you take steps right away to quit and remain smoke-free until at least one week after your procedure. Even better, don’t start again at all. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to recover from surgery without complications.
Smokers have an increased chance of complications during and after surgery, including wound infections, pneumonia and heart attacks. The earlier you quit before surgery, the better your chances of no complications. Watch the video below for more information about smoking and anesthesia.
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS
Anesthesiologists: Physicians providing the Lifeline of Modern Medicine TM. Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association with more than 50,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.
For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists website at www.asahq.org.
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