Will Smoking Affect My Surgery?

Post Journal
29 January 2009

Question: I have been a smoker for many years. I am considering elective knee replacement surgery. My surgeon has suggested I quit smoking before the operation.

What does my smoking have to do with a knee replacement procedure?

Answer: Smoking has many adverse affects that most people are not aware of. The reality is that your smoking habit will have a significant impact on the surgery and your healing time.

Your immune system is less effective if you are a smoker. Scar tissue tends to form more readily in a smoker. The chance of complications from scar tissue and infection are increased.

Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen in the blood that is so important for healing tissue. We are exposed to germs every day. A healthy immune system is able to fight off dangerous germs effectively. When we smoke, our immune system is compromised and after surgery this can lead to increased chance of infection.

 Apart from cancer and lung disease, smokers don't realise the other dangers of smoking, such as a reduced immune system, complications to their health, problems with surgery and a reduced life span.  More education is needed both in schools and in the work place.  At The Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic we work closely with our clients to break their habit, providing a unique stop smoking program to help them quit smoking.   The Stop Smoking Clinic in London uses a unique form of advanced hypnotherapy.  Hypnotherapy is very effective in stopping smoking, its 100% natural, painless and drug free.  Hypnotherapy has been proven to beat nicotine replacement products such as patches, drugs and gum hands down.  Live the healthy lifestyle you want as a non smoker today and speak to The Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic in London.

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