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The Link Between Smoking and Bypass Surgery: Reasons You Should Kick the Habit

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Smoking Smokers have all the reasons to quit their vice. For personal reasons, however, many find it hard to stay away from cigarettes even if it has bad health effects.

Pre-Surgical Requirement

Due to the many risks, heart bypass surgery patients must stop smoking now. For one, it is a pre-heart surgery requirement and doctors highly encourage it. Smoking is a thing that doctors often ask patients to cease, along with poor exercise, unhealthy diet and improper medication.

Anaesthetics and surgery already affect blood circulation and oxygen supply. By continuing to smoke, patients increase the risks. It affects recovery too, as studies show.

Impact on Recovery

Smokers tend to have more mucous in their lungs, which is hard to eradicate after the surgery. This may slow down a patient’s recovery. A recent study also showed that smoking damages the leg veins, one of the commonly used vessels for a bypass surgery, linking this finding with graft failure.

It takes at least six months for a patient to see gradual improvements in the veins. But, even after quitting one year prior to the surgery, graft failure could still be plausible for patients who used to smoke.

This finding yields suggestions like “the use of more arterial graft rather than vein grafts” for this group of patients. A change in the procedure may also be necessary, wherein the effect on the durability of the leg veins is the primary concern.

Poor Wound Healing

Doctors also link smoking with poor wound healing in the incision area and bone surgeries. The body needs enough oxygen to heal wounds and minerals for healthy bones. Unfortunately, smoking decreases oxygen levels in the body and weakens the bones.

Counselling and nicotine replacement therapy can help you quit smoking. In fact, therapies are important in the surgical recovery of patients who smoke.