Quit ready for surgery

In addition to the general health risks associated with smoking, research has shown that smokers are also more likely to suffer complications during and following surgery.

Benefits of quitting before surgery:

  • reduces the risk of post-operative complications including breathing difficulties
  • wounds and bones heal quicker
  • reduces the need for further surgery
  • shortens the amount of time needed in hospital

Its best to to quit about two months before surgery for the most benefit, but even a few days is helpful. The Royal College of Anaesthetists advises that they should at least refrain from smoking on the day of surgery to help avoid breathing problems during the procedure.