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What are the effects of nicotine on surgery and anesthesia?

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Dr. Brian Briggs
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Increase heart rate: Nicotine causes increase in heart rate and blood pressure. It is recommended not to smoke at least 12 hrs before surgery to reduce theses effects on cardiovascular system.
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Dr. Pascal Scemama de gialluly
Anesthesiology 14 years experience
To get all the benefits from smoking cessation for your surgery including decreased risk of pulmonary complications and better wound healing, it is optimal to stop smoking about 6 weeks before surgery. Stopping smoking right before surgery or only a few days before surgery can actually result in increased secretions in your lungs and coughing after surgery especially if intubated during surgery.
Apr 15, 2014

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the results of nicotine on surgery and anesthesia?

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Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
For patients: that smoke, after general anesthesia generally they will cough much more and need endotracheal tube to be suctioned
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