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anesthesiologist & smoking



  • Thank you all for the information! I had my preop today. Everything is ok to proceed. I was honest about the smoking thing too. The reason why I was asking about smoking is because I had no idea I was going to have surgery so soon! I got my mri results in the middle of Apr. & waalaa, they had an opening May 11 because of Neurosurgeon, anest, & pulminary drs. had to come up with a schedule for all of them to be there. I quit for 2 weeks the end of mar. quit for 2 weeks in apr. & when I found out last fri. surgery was so soon, I freaked & started smoking again. Intend to quit completely though. You know what they say! Third times a charm! God willing.
  • I smoked for 28 years. I was able to quit 7 weeks prior to my surgery. And I was so happy I did. I did not have the issues that I had with previous surgeries. Of course, all gen. anesthesia causes some fluid in the lungs, but this was so much easier to hack up. I did not have to cough as long or hard. Good thing considering my back was flayed open /:) Anyway, quit as soon as possible. Try Chantix if you haven't already. It was much easier for me to quit with it. I hope your surgery and recovery are speedy!!

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  • because as previously mentioned your lung will have a degree of reduced capacity {even if you are a fit young person} not only that your blood gasses are different and your blood is stickier than a none smoker .if your anesthetist knows that you are or have been a smoker he or she can make certain adjustment for this but its best to quit smoking at least 6 months before surgery and take up swimming to help your lung capacity .i smoke myself so please don't think i am preaching .i intend to stop anyway .weather i have my surgery or not .i have found that honesty is the best policy if the surgeons and his.her team know your state of health then you stand a better chance of a favorable outcome on your surgery .in other words if they know that you are not in the best if health .then they can make appropriate adjustment during and after surgery .{my last anesthetist was a smoker!..so they are not all perfect!}
  • I'm on wellbutrin & had the patches & had quit the 2x but I am really gearing myself up for this. I know it is going to be difficult with the pain & extra time on my hands but I know I have to do it. I found out in Feb this year my brother has lung cancer & it has really hit hard. My surgery is happening so fast that I haven't had time to get weeks and weeks or months and months of quitting smoking behind me. I was doing hot yoga which was very strenuous and it was a great cardio workout, I loved it. Am in pretty good shape, but quit about 1 1/2 months ago & feeling it already. I know I will never be able to do that again. I really appreciate all the comments. Thanks again.
  • Why did your mother let you start smoking when you were four or five??

    (Lest my attempt at humor miss its mark, you do not look nearly old enough to have smoked for 28 years!)
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  • LOL @ Gwennie,

    That was funny!! I am actually 43 and started smoking when I was 15. My mom was so mad at me for it. She bugged me to quit for almost 15 years, until she passed. I wish I could tell her I finally quit.

    But you are a hoot and have the kind of sense of humor I like!!
  • Tracee, I thought the same thing! You definately don't look like you could be in your 40's! :-)

    Your mom knows you quit and she is soooo proud of you!
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