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Surgery Thurs the 6th. C6/C7 ACDF - I can't stop smoking!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am so VERY VERY dissapointed in my self. I started the Chantix, and stopped smoking for one week. The Chantix was giving me horrible symptoms such as really, really itchy skin and making me extremely agitated with everything. I was being so cranky with my 6 year old son for absolutely no reason.

I stopped the Chantix last Wed. and by Friday I was bying a pack of cigarettes. I bought another one this morning with the full intention last night of quitting just before my surgery.

God, what is wrong with me - I am so addicted to these things and I don't want to quit, but I know I should, but do I really HAVE to? I mean, I see others on here who smoked and fused with no problem, then others who didn't fuse. I'm kind of freaking out about this. Someone please give me some advice.

I'm 39 year old female with no other health problems - cleaned for my surgery during pre-op with absoultely every blood test and EKG came out normal.

I think my Dr. IS prescribing me the bone stimulator, but will that allow me to smoke while I am healing?

Please for those of you who don't agree, I don't need to be reminded:) I know it's not good that I am smoking ;)

Thanks everyone!



  • I had my surgery on Oct. 21 and I too am a smoker. When I had my pre-op at the hospital,I had a conversation with the internist who looked at my bloodwork. He is very, very against smoking, but said that #1 you have to want to quit and #2 during all the stresses associated with neck surgery, it is a bad time to quit and said he would talk to me early next year about quiting.

    I guess what I'm saying is that you can still fuse if you smoke but don't put so much pressure on yourself during this tough time. ACDF surgery is very difficult, so just concentrate on healing and do what you can about smoking - cutting down, taking smaller puffs, whatever.

    Good luck to you. I know you will do well and if you keep a positive attitude it will help you recover much quicker.

  • You really don't need to be stressed this close to your surgery. Every doctor tells me to quit smoking. LIKE I DON'T KNOW THAT ALREADY! Everyone wants a successful fusion but right now is NOT the time to stress out over it. Even if you quit after your surgery you still have a fighting chance. Right now get focused on the surgery and recovery. Oh and stress and smoking go hand in hand in most people. Me included.
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  • I was in the same fix as you...wanted desperately to quit, but the stress of upcoming surgery made it impossible! I went for my 4-month check up a week ago and he showed me where the fusion was beginning to set in!

    As for the bone stim...what kind will you be given? The one I have is like a steering wheel in the middle of your back and has velcro straps coming around to the front. I wear mine for 30 min. each day. The directions say not to smoke when you are wearing it...it might damage the unit.

    Anyway, be good to yourself and concentrate on how good you're going to feel after recovery!
  • THANK YOU you guys! I am stressing over it way too much I know. I am sitting here at work scouring the internet for GOOD stories of smoking and fusion. I seem to just bypass the bad ones. Anyhow, again, thank you for your insight and you guys are right - I need to just say I will do it when I am ready. One thing I am thinking of doing is having them give me a script for Zyban right there as I leave the hospital and start on it right away when I get home (within a week or so). At least I'll have "something" to help me get started. I could quit if I could use the patch, but alas, I cannot, that has nicotine in it too :(.

    I feel so much better. Thanks.
  • Is Zyban the same as Welbutrin? When I was on that medication for depression (after my DH died), I really cut down on the cigs...it's supposed to be one of the side effects of the med.

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  • I think it is the same thing. Just you have to be careful when you get the script. Zyban is strictly for quitting smoking - the Wellbutrin is suposed to be used for depression (it's all in how insurance can bill you). But if you find the loophole, you can get it covered by insurance ;)

  • From my experience I took Wellbutrin. I never quit smoking but I was a really happy smoker. :D
  • OMG, that is hilarious! You are too funny ;) THANKS - yes, if anything, I might be even more happier than I am now (setting aside my daily pain) LOL!
  • These long grueling recoveries are often very depressing, so maybe if you get on Welbutrin you will two things for the price of one :D Good-luck, Sue
  • I too am a smoker, and I had my surgery on Sept 15th, a fusion of L5-S1 with donor bone and a rod and screws. The day my ns told me I had to have surgery, I was also dealing with the fact of having to get my Mom signed up with Hospice, so I flat out told him, now was not a good time to even think about quitting. :O You would thing that after 2 days in the hospital would be the opportune time to take advantage of not having had a cigarette and quit but noooo not me :S So then I had even more added stress, when 2 weeks after my surgery my Mom took a turn for the worse and we knew she didn't have but a couple days to live. So then I had a 12 hour trip to make to get home and be with her before she passed and then the funeral. If any one thinks I'm gonna give up my bad habit during that time they are silly. :))(
    Please don't stress over it, just go with the flow right now, and deal with each day one at a time. Hugs and positive thoughts are sent your way. >:D<
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