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Stop smoking before surgery

Studies have shown conclusively that patients who stop smoking before surgery have fewer complications and heal faster than those who continue to smoke.
Smoking and surgical complications
2012 systematic review concludes smokers who quit before surgery have fewer complications
The objective of a large 2012 review was to determine the risks or benefits of short-term (less than four weeks) smoking cessation on postoperative complications. Based on an analysis of 25 studies, it reports that smokers who quit more than four weeks before surgery had lower risk of respiratory and wound-healing complications than current smokers. Quitting less than four weeks before surgery did not appear to increase or decrease postoperative respiratory complications.