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Old 03-15-2009, 10:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am having gastric bypass surgery on Monday March 16th, I am a smoker and have been asked to quit. I want to know if any on has had a bad experience smoking after surgery. Do I really have to quit??
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I smoke before surgery and i do presently . i haven't had any bad experiences from smoking . The key thing i believe is they want you to quit more so due to the healing process . When you smoke it takes your body longer to heal supposely . and of course we all know that smoking just isn't good for you anyway .
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Putting a patient under anesthesia who smokes is more dangerous. Add to that, patients who are obese can have more complications with anesthesia. Smokers typically don't heal as well as nonsmokers, especially if they are diabetic as well.
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During surgery--smoking affects your lung functin and capacity for one, and so will affect the anesthesia and its process.

Post op.
One of the effects of nicotine is that it makes the blood vessels contract--narrows it so less blood passes through. You don't want that to happen when you are healing and need a lot of nutrients and oxygen carried by the blood stream to the areas that need the extra stuff.
On the same level, reduced blood flow may induce ulcers, and neither do you want ulcers in your pouch, especially early out.

Other than that, overall, it isn't good for your lungs, or your heart. Your choice here, though.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I smoked before....and smoke presently....I haven't had any problems....this is on my one last remaining vice...but I'm just not ready to quit....I am not a heavy smoker... my surgeon did not ask me to quit...I have heard that some surgeons (gastric and plastic) will go so far as to test to make sure you've quit....
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My surgeon CO3 screens and makes all patients quit if they know you have a history of smoking. They want to lessen complications and as he said he want the patients to be healthy and smoking doesn't help with health. I did not get screened because I have never let a health care provider know I smoke. I quit during the process and have one once in a while since (a few a week). I need to go cold turkey now.
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am also a smoker who knows she should quit, but...... My surgeon did make me quit before he would operate, but as soon as I was home, well need I say more. I actually found that during the nauseous times a cigarette would help it subside. Probably all in my head, I know!!! I have had no complications and in my opinion done pretty well with the whole lifestyle change, other than the cigarettes. I am just not ready to give up my one last vice. Someday I will though?????
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I quit a year before the surgery because I knew I would heal better if I wasn't smoking. LOL, little did I know at the time that it was going to take a whole year to get the surgery. I lasted about 6 months after the surgery and then started smoking again.

Now I'm in the process of quitting again because the plastic surgeon's are ALL adamant that they won't do surgery on a smoker. If you think about it, they cut you all the way around on a lower body lift, so they are cutting most of the blood vessels that goes from top to bottom. And smoking makes the blood vessels smaller so they don't work as well, and the carbon monoxide in the cigs block the oxygen receptors so your blood is getting even less oxygen which your body needs to function.

Yikes, no wonder they're so freaky about it.

It's up to you of course, but if you're going ot do all this to get healthy, isn't quitting a good place to start?
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I am standing on the soap box and about to deliver my sermon.

You are undergoing an operation to change your lifestyle, and in fact improve it. Why not go that extra step and quit smoking as part of that change and improvement to your life to add years to your living on the earth.

For me this entire process is part of a total change of ending bad habits that had a negative affect on my life. I want to get back to skiing, and playing tennis and climbing mountains and not be restricted because of how I lived poorly.

This was not about an operation to loose weight but taking steps to improve my life.

I dont smoke but if I did, I would pi$$ed off if I went through all this crap only to die a year later from cancer because I couldnt stop smoking.

OK I am off my soap box now.
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I smoked before and after. I did quit before however for 6 weeks and I wasnt tested for it. I started back smoking when I was home. Im a nurse and I know its horrible for your health. Its somthing I cant just stop yet. I know it can help cause ulcers etc afterwards and yes I have one. I will admit all this to yall.

They can take my oxygen level in my blood now and tell you im at 99 percent. Very good! I have no excuse for it. Im not a heavy smoker. I cant smoke at work so i go 10- 12 hours a day without one. But....... im ready to light one up when Im off campus.

So to anwser your question .......if you can quit do it. It will be better for your health in the long run. Smoking is kinda like this surgery you never know how it is until you have been there and did that.
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