How to Reduce Complications After Surgery
magine that you have just been told you need to have surgery. You are also a smoker. You have been smoking for some time and figure that your body has adapted to the habit and can likely take care of itself, surgery or not.
However, let’s look at a scenario where you quit smoking before you have surgery. Two days before undergoing bypass surgery, you decide to stop smoking cold turkey. Within the first few hours, nicotine will start leaving your body. After 12 hours, it will be almost completely gone. During the next 12 hours, there will be a significant drop in the amount of carbon monoxide in your body. Both nicotine and carbon monoxide rob the flow of oxygen to the bloodstream. The less oxygen you have, the more likely you are to experience a heart attack.