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Unread 05-20-2002, 11:18 AM
Hi Shelley2

Thanks for posting. Those are important questions about smoking and even moderate drinking when we are pre-op.
It would be great if you could quit smoking but I know that is a challenge. I actually wonder if trying to quit smoking this close to surgery would be safe. Your body would still be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Many people do go through surgery as smokers and make it through just fine. Perhaps that would be a good goal for you post op if you do want to quit. I actually used my root canal surgery to help me quit smoking. I knew I would be out of it for a few days (I was put under). I figured by the time I was feeling better I would have a few days of withdrawel's over with. It worked! I have been a non-smoker now for over 25 years.
Janice- That is great that hypnosis worked for you. It does work successfully for many. yeah for you!
Also, Shelley I would highly recommend that you refrain from any alcohol starting now until well into your recovery. That is probably not what you want to hear. But even a very moderate habit can cause some withdrawel symptoms. I found this information on the pre-op guide and decided to pay attention to it. They recommend refraining from alcohol for two weeks prior to surgery.
I had a very good surgery and recovery. I just figured everything we can do to help our bodies is a good idea. Here is the link.
Let us know what the doc says he is the boss. But I don't think he would object to doing more of a good thing rather than less.
Wishing you all the best and sending
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Unread 05-20-2002, 01:35 PM

Hi ladies! I just wanted to reply to the question on smoking. I had been a smoker from the age of 16 and now am 33. I was allowed to smoke up until midnight the night before surgery. I wasn't allowed any liquids, food, or smoking after midnight. Well, that cigarette that I had at 11:00pm the night before surgery (May 13-night before--May 14-surgery) was my last cigarette. I decided that if I could make it for a day without smoking while in the hospital, I could do it. I have only quit one other time--after the birth of my first daughter. That lasted a month. I am bound and determined to keep this up. I have been finally able to take a full breath without wheezing or coughing! I find that if I need a cigarette, I just drink some coffee. Sounds weird, but it works for me. Good luck to you all.
God bless,
Unread 05-20-2002, 01:46 PM
Congratulations, Beth


Good job. You did two great things for yourself on the same day.

I have never smoked personally, but have watched many who are very close to me try to quit. It is a very strong addiction and I admire anyone who is successful.

Keep up the good work, Beth. You deserve to feel good.

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Unread 05-20-2002, 03:26 PM

I clicked on your pre-op guide and printed all 68 pages out. It was very enlightening and informative. For anyone with questions regarding smoking, drinking or any questions regarding the pre-op part of surgery, I recommend clicking on SeesShelley's site. It also details the surgeries, going home, post op and numberous hospital terms.

Thanks SeesShelley

Unread 05-21-2002, 09:25 AM

You are welcome Jackie!
And good luck Beth. Keep it up, you can do it.
to All!
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Unread 05-21-2002, 10:03 AM

Hi SeeShelley!
The pre-op site you sent is very informative---thank you for sharing it with all of us LIW's. I have rec'd a wide array of answers to this post (re: the pre-op smoking/alcohol issue) both here on the website and from friends and family who have gone thru surgery. I've heard anywhere from "I smoked going right into the hospital"---to "Doc said no alcohol 24 hours prior", to the very thorough outline on the pre-op site that says nothing for 2 weeks. There is so much information/opinions out there when one decides to have surgery, it can be mind-boggling, takes a bit of sifting and sorting! Thanks for sharing this very valuable site. I agree with you, it's much better to err on the side of caution and go into surgery as healthy as you can!

Unread 05-21-2002, 04:26 PM
Thanks to all you ladies!

I just wanted to stop back in and tell Nancy and Shelley a big thank you for the encouragement on quitting smoking. It has been tough, but I know if I put my mind to something, I do it. Thank you all again for the encouragement and happy thoughts.
God bless you all and I thank God for this wonderful site!

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