Why You Need to Quit Smoking Before Surgery!
Smoking prior to surgery and during recovery can cause serious effects on wound healing. This is because smoking effects the small vessels in the body, resulting in scarring of the small arteries and veins.
During the healing process, more blood needs to flow to areas of surgery. This increased blood flow provides more oxygen and nutrients to healing areas so that wounds will heal faster and more smoothly.
Because smoking can lead to scarring of small blood vessels, smoking causes a limitation of the blood flow. When blood flow is decreased to healing areas, this results in slower healing, and can even completely compromise wound healing, possibly leading to loss of tissue. Additionally, smoking has compromising effects on anesthesia, increasing the surgical risks associated with smoking. The severity of the effects depends upon the duration and amount that one has been smoking.
When one quits smoking, the damage on the body reverses slowly, so it takes a long time for the body’s blood vessels to return to their normal state. For this reason, patients looking to have surgery should stop smoking at least 3 weeks (6-8 weeks is best!) prior to surgery in order to decrease the risk of compromised healing.
By quitting, you will:
- HEAL FASTER
- FACE FEWER COMPLICATIONS
- GET OUT OF BED/THE HOSPITAL SOONER
- IMPROVE YOUR BREATHING
- REDUCE THE RISK OF INFECTION
If you need advice on how to quit smoking, please call my office, visit your PCP, or visit www.myfinalsmoke.com
All my best,
Alex Kim, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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