Furthermore, this is simply a good opportunity for smokers to develop the motivation needed to kick their habit for good. As smoking has been linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and cataracts, among other concerns, many patients use this time to commit to leading a healthier lifestyle.
How Soon Do I Need to Quit?
To minimize the risk of pneumonia and blood clots, patients should be tobacco-free for at least six weeks prior to their operation.
To minimize the risk of pneumonia and blood clots, two of the most common complications associated with smoking and bariatric surgery, patients should be tobacco-free for at least six weeks prior to their operation. As you prepare for your surgery in the weeks and months leading up to your trip to Mexico, your surgeon will give you additional details and guidelines. Stopping just one to two weeks prior to surgery will not be sufficient, and could consequently lead to elevated risks.
Can I Use a Nicotine Patch or Gum?
The acts of both smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco deliver nicotine into the bloodstream, which leads to the decreased blood supply that can heighten your risk of developing unwanted complications. Therefore, any product that aids in the cessation of tobacco use and contains nicotine (such as a Nicorette® patch or chewing gum), must also be avoided.
Learn More About Protecting Your Health
If you are a smoker and have questions or concerns about how this may affect your procedure, Tijuana Bariatric Center can help handle your inquiries. Please contact us online or call 1 (877) 218-3516 today to learn more.