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Smoking Will Put You At Risk During Surgery - Study

James KE

Feb. 18, 2020

Patients who smoke tobacco are likely to experience more complications with anaesthesia during operation compared to non-smokers, says a report by World Health Organisation.
According to the international health agency, tobacco smokers are at a significantly higher risk than non-smokers of post-surgical complications, including impaired heart and lung functions, infections and delayed or impaired wound healing.
The joint study by WHO and University of Newcastle, shows that the nicotine and carbon monoxide, both present in cigarettes, can decrease oxygen levels and greatly increase the risk of heart-related complications after surgery.
“Smoking tobacco also damages the lungs, making it difficult for the proper amount of air to flow through, increasing the risk of post-surgical complications to the lungs,” says the study.
It further reveals that smoking distorts a patient’s immune system and can delay healing, increasing the risk of infection at the wound site.
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