In an effort to reduce costs and balance the books, hospitals may be introducing limits on certain non-essential surgeries, as demand for services puts them under pressure.

One group of people who may be denied routine surgery is those who smoke. ‘Why?’ you might ask. Well, there is a specific reason for why smoking in particular is harmful for anyone undergoing surgery, regardless of whether their illness is smoking-related or not.Smoking doesn’t just increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and many types of cancer. In fact, smoking also greatly increases your risk of developing serious complications post-surgery.

Cigarettes reduce the delivery of oxygen to your heart, can lead to blood clots, heighten the chance of developing infections, and impair your body’s ability to heal itself – all of which are detrimental side-effects to someone who has just been on the operating table. Keeping your immune system in the best possible condition is essential if you want to have a speedy recovery after surgery; but smoking can slow down the recovery of bones, skin and other tissues in the body, and it can lengthen recovery time and lead to problems with wound healing.

Smoking can even prevent certain medications from breaking down correctly, thus limiting their effectiveness, so those essential drugs you need to take to help you recover may not even work properly if you continue to smoke.

Quitting smoking at least 8 weeks before any type of surgery is ideal, to give your body time to heal and get in the best possible shape. However, you never know when a health issue can arise, and you don’t want to get caught out requiring surgery unexpectedly, but having to wait because you haven’t quit smoking yet. Although 8 weeks doesn’t sound like a very long time, if you are simultaneously dealing with cigarettes withdrawal, and the pain or discomfort of the health problems that are leading to surgery, you are going to have a very miserable 8 weeks.

Choosing to stop smoking now safeguards you from needing to either wait for extensive time periods before being permitted access to surgery, or being denied completely should the new cost-cutting protocols come to fruition.

Stop smoking for your general health and well-being, and if you ever require surgery, reap the additional benefits of:

·         Faster recovery period

·         Improved wound healing

·         Reduced need for intensive care or further surgery

·         Being discharged in a shorter amount of time

One of the simplest and most natural ways to stop smoking is with hypnotherapy. Hypnosis uses specific techniques to deal with your habit on a subconscious level. For most people smoking cigarettes has become a habitual behaviour, just another part of their daily routine. With hypnotherapy you can remove cigarettes from your ‘auto-pilot’ and start to live life free from the constraints of smoking.