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Unread 01-07-2002, 08:47 PM

Hi again, my surgery is Thurs., went for the preop today. One of the items is not to smoke 24 hours prior to surgery, did anyone here smoke. :smokin:

I am planning on quitting I HOPE while I'm in the hospital, but I am soooooo nervous about the surgery don't think I can go 24 hours without! Anyone gone through this?
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Unread 01-08-2002, 05:41 AM

Marsha - My pre-op instructions said not to smoke after midnight...however, you should follow your own individual instructions to a "t".
Unread 01-08-2002, 05:45 AM

I am also a smoker and was also instructed to not smoke for 24 hours prior to surgery. It was TOUGH, but I stuck to the rules. That was one of the first questions that the anethesiologist asked me when I got to the hospital the morning of surgery - "Have you smoked within the past 24 hours?"

If you are planning on quitting after surgery then you might as well start a day early. It is extremely important to follow your doctor's instructions. If you don't, then you can risk complications or even having your surgery cancelled.

Best wishes to you. Let us know how you are doing as soon as you feel up to being at the computer again after your return home from the castle with your shiny new crown
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Unread 01-08-2002, 06:09 AM

I am having my surgery tomorrow. My instructions were to not to smoke after midnight. But its probably not a bad idea not to 24 hrs prior to surgery. I have already had 2 this morning. I am going to try to cut back today, (doesn't sound like I am doing to good at that) HA! I also hope I can quit after being in the castle, but it is hard. I had major back surgery in '99 and was in the hospital for 2 weeks. And I didn't smoke for 3 months and like a dumbie, I started back. I actually felt better when I wasn't. And also, I have quit for 2 yrs one time. And then it wasn't that bad, I had quit about a month and then found out I was pregnant. And of course, I wouldn't have during that time.
Unread 01-08-2002, 08:10 AM
Thank you all!

Thanks for all your responses. It is hard, I did buy some patches just in case and have about 5 more cigarettes in the pack. Gonna try not to buy any more, but geez, I am really getting nervous.

I took off from work for today and Wed. cause just can't get my act together. But I am ready. I've never had any surgery, only been in the hospital when my son was born nearly 18 years ago. Never even broke or fractured a bone, sooo just really trying to not go nuts!
Unread 01-08-2002, 10:18 AM

smoking is one of my biggest dilemmas right now too!!
i am in conflict over quitting, my dr had given me zyban to try to quit 3 weeks before surgery as when you quit, you seem to cough more and the phlem produces as your lungs clear.
well.... i couldnt handle the side effects of the zyban, so im still smoking,
i was going to start the patch this week (8 days prior to surgery) as recommended by the surgeon, but...
and heres what shocked me!!!!....
the recovery nurse i spoke with, suggested i not quit! she said she uses smoking as a "bribe" to motivate people out of bed to walk outside!!
i know its best to quit, but honestly, as she said , the surgery is stressful enough, let alone the stress of quitting.
so im with you on cutting back,
but i am amazed nobody has told me not to smoke 24 hours before the surgery.
maybe its cuz im in a tiny mountain town with a 20 bed hospital?
good luck to you !! and im taking patches to the hospital too!!
Unread 01-08-2002, 11:06 AM
Was naughty on trip to castle

Yes I was naughty before my trip to the castle. I smoked until my DH dragged me into the hospital. I am pretty sure I would have lit one up in pre-surgery if I could have gotten away with it! But after surgery I could not stand the smell of smoke on my husband. It literally made me sick to my stomach. So I quit for 1 week and then decided to have just 1 puff. WRONG thing to do. Wishing I could end my love/hate relationship with nicotine! Good luck with your surgery, you will do fine. Yes I was a nervous wreck before surgery, ask some of the hystersisters. BUt looking back I almost laugh at what I put myself through. I am 5 weeks post-op and doing great! Hugs....Robin in Nebraska USA
Unread 01-08-2002, 11:31 AM
I Quit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Ladies,
They told me the longer you go without one before the actual surgery is better. I figured since I was going to quit in the castle one last one wouldn't hurt. I had one at 5:00am and one at 5:30am. Left for the castle at 6:00am and haven't had one since.
It probably would have been better if I hadn't done it that way but I survived.
Dear fluff,
The nurse should use the need to get bowel funtions and passing gas working to prompt her patients. If you really want to quit, do it in the castle. Some people use the patch and some use the gum. I just went cold turkey. No matter how you do it, its gonna be hard. If you really want to quit you will. Good Luck to all you Ladies, no matter what you decide to do.
God Bless,
Unread 01-08-2002, 01:26 PM

i agree sue, i kinda wonder what the dr and surgeons reactions would be if i told them she suggested i not quit right away.
but if i say anything, im waiting till after, as shes going to be the one taking care of me for the most part for 3 days, and i dont want her mad at me!!
starting to pack my bag, and have 4 patches in there, i hope i can get rid of this cough/cold by then.
funny, everyone around was sick so much, and i never got sick, until now!!
murphys law strikes again
best wishes to you!
Unread 01-08-2002, 02:43 PM
Helpful Hints re: Not Smoking

Hey, girl - I quit a year and a half ago and I've got a few suggestions that I hope are helpful:

Breathe in really deep breaths really often.

Buy some of those miniature dove bars (the assorted ones) and eat one of those when you'd rather have a cigarette today and tomorrow until midnight.

Get a full-body massage on the night before.

Read, read, read. (I read Steinbeck-Grapes of Wrath- on my first day of not smoking and it seriously did the trick.

Do a toothpaste taste-test: Buy as many trial size toothpastes of different brands that you can find and brush your teeth every time you'd rather take a long drag off a cigarette.

Let me know how you do, girlie. I'm on your side. Good Luck!


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