Benefits of stopping before your operation
Get well Sooner!
Did you know that your stay in hospital could be considerably shorter if you stop smoking at least 8 weeks before your operation.
Why should I stop smoking before my operation?
Smoking increases the chance of complications following surgery. If you stop smoking before your operation you are much less likely to suffer from:
- Breathing and lung problems
- Slow healing of wounds
Smokers are more likely to stay in hospital longer than non-smokers because of these risks. Stopping smoking at least 8 weeks before surgery can reduce the chance of these complications occurring.
If you want help to stop smoking before your operation call our free helpline on 0800 085 2219 to speak to one of our friendly team members who can provide advice on the support that is best for you.
What's more you may want to stay stopped after your operation giving you a longer-term benefit.You are four times more likely to stop smoking with the help of a programme like Stop Smoking Wales than in any other way.
- Stop Smoking Before Your Operation (747 KB) 14/10/2011
- ASH Factsheet - Smoking and Surgery (External document) 14/10/2011
- Benefits of stopping smoking before surgery (External document) 13/10/2011