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Unread 07-29-2007, 03:31 AM

Hello everyone
I think someone may have posted about this before,but i cant find it, the thing is, my surgery date is nearly here and im really worried that i am still smoking, I keep saying to myself 'ill stop a week before surgery' but I haven't and im not sure now that i will, i only smoke about 12 a day ( ONLY 12, thats 2 many ), I did smoke with my previous laps and was lucky enough not to have any bad effects from it, but this surgery obviousley takes longer than a lap so im worried about getting a coughing fit afterwards. I count myself lucky that i have never had a smokers cough ( touch wood ), Calling all smokers, did you stop before surgery and is it ABSOLUTELY nessecery to do so? i know it would be best for me but when i get nervous i feel i need a cig.
TAH/BSO for chronid pelvic/ovary pain, heavy painful periods, history pre-cancerous cells, leep/biopsy, polyps, currently on prostap/livial hrt
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Unread 07-29-2007, 06:29 AM

I used to smoke a year ago, and i did have some trouble with my lungs that night after the surgery. I had a very hard time blowing into that tube thing with the ball in it. But i do know alot of ladies you smoked right up to the day before surgery and didn't have to much trouble. I know how you are feeling it is very hard to stop smoking. It took me over 10 years to stop. I had to because of all the meds i was on they said i would of had a heart attack or stroke this year so i stopped. Now i'm off all the meds cuz of hyster. hmm i do miss smoking though. But anyways make sure the nurses and anostioligist know you smoke and i'm sure you will be fine.
Unread 07-29-2007, 06:43 AM


We have a "forum search" facility (click right of the main page of this forum) where you'll be able to search on any subject, including "smoking". Here's the link to the last smoking thread in Pre-Op:

Hope this helps and all good wishes for your surgery.

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Unread 07-29-2007, 06:45 AM

Dear liteshade, I had my TAH/BSO in the fall an was concerned about smoking. Interstingly enough, in reading a book suggested on this web site, the author (a doc) wrote that you may be doing yourself more harm than good if you try to quit less than six weeks out from surgery. Now that being said, i recently went on chantix to quit smoking an it is undoubtfully the way to go to quit. Good luck!
Unread 07-29-2007, 10:31 AM

Being a smoker and getting any form of surgery is not optimal. Trying to quit just before surgery, though, just doesn't sound like a good idea. Keeping in mind that as we get older our need for those resources smoking inhibits will increase, I wouldn't take "quit smoking" off my to-do list, but I don't think I'd put it higher tha "recover from surgery" right now.

Translation--quit right after recovery. It's safer.

Anybody looking at surgery a year down the road, quit now. That little paper tube is NOT stronger than you are.
Unread 07-29-2007, 03:41 PM

I have a book that I have been reading that said if your surgery is less than 6 weeks away it's better not to quit before.The reason being your lungs need at least that long to recover.You also have inflamation after quiting so that can cause breathing problems for the surgery.Not to mention the cough you get after quiting can be bad.I am also a smoker and have my TAH/BSO on 8-6-07.I thought about quiting but with all the stress before surgery,I figured now is not the right time.Only you know when the time is right,so good luck in your decision.
Unread 07-29-2007, 04:08 PM

I smoked for 23 years. Quit for eight and started two and half years ago after a personal crisis. I smoked up till the day before my surgery. I had planned on NOT smoking after I got out of the hospital. I was in for four days and that was my chance to quit again. But bordom took over once I got home and here I am again smoking.

The doctor told me that people that smoke heal slower than those that don't. Smoking and healing have the same effect that diabetes has on healing apparently. Still that didn't get me to NOT pick them back up again.

There is an excellant book by Alan Carr called The Easy Way to Quit Smoking. Google it and read about him.

I wouldn't put the pressure on yourself to quit now. Just maybe think of your hospital time as the start and maybe try and NOT pick them up after you get home. Its the first three days that are the hardest to get over. By that time, you will be home.
Unread 07-29-2007, 04:32 PM

I smoke and have a cough due to polyps in my chest cavity. I told the anesthesiologist right before surgery about my cough and asked her if I would cough while sedated and she said no. I can't remember if I coughed during the first day after sugery or not, but I'm sure if I did, the IV meds helped with the pain it would have caused. The second day when I was cleared for liquids I asked for cough medicine as per a discussion I had with my internist about it. They gave me what they had and it didn't stop my cough. Good thing I had my own bottle stashed in my bag and when I could bend down and pour it, I took it along with my pain meds. Bad, I know, but it saved me from the pain of coughing with a fresh incision. I didn't smoke, of course, for the three and a half days I was in the hospital. (Although I kept wanting to "just walk out front.") When DH picked me up I opened the car door and was bent over my bag where I asked him to put it. There I was retrieving my cigarettes to light one as fast as I could. I know I should have quit. I will. I really will.
Unread 07-31-2007, 05:29 AM

Keep in mind that smoking also effects the calcium in your bones--another good reason to quit eventually.
Unread 07-31-2007, 07:34 AM

I had quit 6 weeks before my surgery. That lasted 3 weeks and I started again.
I cut way back and only smoked 4 or 5 a day.
The day before surgery I had 2.
I had no problems.

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