As per the report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) – patients who quit smoking at least four weeks before the surgical operation, have substantially improved outcomes and less post-surgical complications, their chances of readmission in hospitals are also reduced.
” For doctors around the world, surgery can be a teaching moment,” said Edouard Tursan D ‘ Espaignet, a tobacco researcher at the University of Newcastle in Australia, who collaborated on the WHO study. “We are encouraging entire health systems to take ownership of smoking cessation among their patients”.
Smoking causes serious health problems, including heart disease, asthma, and lung cancer. It is important to quit smoking before surgery as smoking impact the normal working of the heart and lungs. It can create breathing problems during and after surgery and the risk of developing pneumonia increases.
Moreover, smoking reduces blood flow and delays the healing process, thus putting the patient at higher risks of infections. As smoking is the major cause of heart disease, thus chances of suffering a heart attack during or after surgery increases.
It is found that patients who stopped smoking a month before surgery had lesser complications and every tobacco free week after surgery improved their health outcomes by 19%.
Wishing all to be in a healthy state of body and mind.
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