NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group

STOP

BEFORE

THE

OP


Stop before the Op!

If you are a smoker, it is very important that you try and stop smoking before surgery.

Quitting smoking before your hospital stay can speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of complications.

If you continue to smoke:

  • you are five times more likely to have a chest infection after surgery
  • it will delay the healing of your wounds

Some types of operations are particularly risky if you are a smoker, for example:

  • for bowel surgery, a smoker is three times more likely to have leak from the bowels
  • if you have surgery to fuse the spine, a smoker is twice as likely to have non fusion

Stopping smoking before the operation will:

  • reduce the risk of lung and heart complications and infections
  • reduce the length of your stay in hospital
  • reduce complications from the anaesthetic
  • reduce breathing problems
  • reduce the time it takes for bones to heal after a repair

How long before my operation should I stop?

The sooner you stop before your operation the better. Ideally you should try to quit at least three months before your operation but even stopping a week before your surgery will have a positive effect.

Message from your hospital consultants

The consultants at Stepping Hill Hospital have recorded video messages for all patients being referred for surgery. You can watch these by clicking on the links below:


The Path to a smoke free future

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO

Dr David Adamson, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr David Adamson, Consultant Anaesthetist

Mr Banji Adeyoju, Consultant Urologist

Mr Banji Adeyoju, Consultant Urologist

Mr Mohammed Saeed, Consultant General Surgeon

Mr Mohammed Saeed, Consultant General Surgeon

Mr Matt Ravenscroft, Consultant orthopaedic surgeon

Mr Matt Ravenscroft, Consultant orthopaedic surgeon

Mr Conrad Yuen, Consultant ophthalmologist

Mr Conrad Yuen, Consultant ophthalmologist

Miss Laxmi Ramamurthy, Consultant ENT surgeon

Miss Laxmi Ramamurthy, Consultant ENT surgeon

Dr Mona Kamran, Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology

Dr Mona Kamran, Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology