SMOKING AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

SMOKING AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

In general all patients considering any general surgery are advised to quit smoking at least 6 weeks prior to a surgical procedure and also at least 4-6 weeks after the surgery. 

Smoking can increase the risk of blood clotting and stroke, heart attack, lung, laryngeal and esophageal cancer, wound infections, increase in blood pressure, COPD and other breathing problems.

When it comes to bariatric surgery, people are strongly recommended to give up their smoking habit forever. Besides all regular side effects of smoking bariatric patients have high risks for – 

🧨Ulcer formation and ulcering complications like bleeding in stomach.

🧨Smoking after bariatric surgery can lead to stomach obstruction and perforations. Cigarette smoking can cause narrowing of the entrance of your new stomach pouch causing pain, nausea, vomiting.

🧨Smoking after bariatric surgery causes blood vessels shrinking which decreases the blood flow to your new stomach pouch slowing down healing and may develop higher risk for blood clotting

🧨Carbon monoxide / CO (a by-product of smoking) reduces the ability of your red blood cells to carry oxygen. That can slow your healing after the surgery. And that may make your exercising and physical activity harder as your cells do not receive a proper amount of oxygen. 

🧨Smoking after bariatric surgery (and also without a surgery) highly increases risk of cancer – esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, esophageal adenocarcinoma, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer.

Surgical complications associated with smoking can develop also years after your surgery, so if you choose to smoke after your bariatric surgery you are putting yourself at risk.

Bariatric surgery is an opportunity to get your life back, to have a new beginning, new power, new health and it is the right time to give up the smoking habit forever. ğŸ§¡

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