Why Smoking complicates your operation

The list of benefits associated with quitting smoking is long, with the major ones being; reducing the risk of lung cancer, improving your exercise tolerance and improving the health of your heart. When you have an upcoming operation, your doctor might ask you to stop smoking, but how is this related to your surgery?

Research has proven that smokers who have surgery are running a higher risk for heart and lung problems such as heart attack, pneumonia and blood clots after their operation.


𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘀𝗺𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻:

𝟭 – The lungs are more compromised and therefore susceptible to infection.

𝟮 – A study has shown that smokers have 77% greater risk of heart attack after surgery as

smoking puts patients at a greater risk for heart problems.

𝟯 – The wound healing becomes affected and puts patients at a higher risk for infections and

a prolonged wound healing


Regardless of how long you have been smoking for, it is never too late to stop before your planned operation. To help you with this, at Hvit Clinic, we have 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘀𝗺𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 to assist you with changing your lifestyle. Our 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵 will ensure that you will stay motivated throughout your new and improved routines. Speak to us for more information on how we can help you.