Stop smoking before your operation

If you are going to the hospital to work, and you are a smoker, we strongly advise you to stop smoking as soon as possible, because this will help you to get the best out of your health.

Watch our short video to see why fuming before closing your operation can have a significant impact on your recovery and reduce the risk of complications:

What’s the difference between smoking before you stop working?

Post-operative non-smokers are less likely to suffer poorly from aesthetic effects. They usually recover faster than smokers, with less complications, and the operation scar is likely to heal faster.

Stopping smoking before your activity can reduce the risk of complications and improve your recovery

As soon as you quit smoking your body starts to rebuild immediately

The longer you continue to administer, the more your body can work to repair it.

Research shows, on average, smokers spend two days in hospitals recovering from activity than non-smokers

What are the risks for smokers?

  • Smokers are more likely to develop infections of the chest and blood clot in the legs or lungs after an operation. Their wounds will be slower to heal and usually cause slower healing. They may also be at a greater risk of infection than non-smokers.

  • Smokers have one in three risk of post-operative respiration problems.

  • Smokers are twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital.

  • Smoking can also contribute to the development of lung and heart problems post operative.

  • Smokers are 12 times more likely to develop wound healing complications.

What issues cause smoking?

Breast infection

Our lungs are small structures, hair structures which they call cilia. In normal circumstances these eyelashes move upwards to move mucus and air out of the air. Smoking causes paralysis of the eyelashes, so that they can’t get rid of the mucus, dust, and filth of the lungs. This makes smokers much more likely to develop breast infections, especially after general anaesthetic.


Nicotine in cigarette smoke increases heart rate and stimulates blood pressure. During operation, it is essential that the heart rate, rhythm and blood pressure level be kept safe.

Blood clotting

Smokers tend to have a high level of substances and blood clots. In this way, a smoker has a tendency to clot blood in the body faster than a non-smoker. After an operation, the risk of blood clot in the legs and lungs increases – this can be potentially fatal.

carbon monoxide

Poison gas is found in cigarette smoke. It removes smokers from the lungs to their blood, reducing the ability of the blood to transport oxygen. This can have many effects on the body, including the risk of serious heart attack, stroke and gastric ulcers. During the operation of the blood of smokers, it does not carry less oxygen than smoking; This hungers for the heart and brain, and causes a heart attack and a stroke. Poor oxygen supply delays wound healing and increases the risk of infection after operation.

What you need to do

The wisest thing for you to do is to stop smoking completely as soon as possible. Northampton General Hospital is located smoke-free. If you don’t feel ready to quit smoking, you should consider using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) as patches to make your stay comfortable and even safer. These are products that can be used instead of smoke for a short period of time while you are in the hospital.

You have stopped smoking for a long time before your operation improves, but it is important that you are on NRT before you get to the hospital.

Getting advice and help quit

Expert advisors are on hand to provide you individual or group support in a variety of locations and can advise you on the nicotine replacement equipment available. If it has been attempted before and has not been successfully performed, don’t worry, it can often stop several attempts for good! To find out where you can stop smoking and book your weekly access support site, ask the NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0300 123 1044 or complete the online form in speak to us from the website section. Did you know… your local GP or pharmacist may even be able to offer one to one stop smoking assistance.

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