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:
CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO
Dr David Adamson, Consultant Anaesthetist
Mr Banji Adeyoju, Consultant Urologist
Mr Mohammed Saeed, Consultant General Surgeon
Mr Matt Ravenscroft, Consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Mr Conrad Yuen, Consultant ophthalmologist
Miss Laxmi Ramamurthy, Consultant ENT surgeon
Dr Mona Kamran, Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology