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A 18-year-old female asked:

i am getting surgery in 2 weeks. my dr will not operate on smokers. if i quit today will he be able to detect nicotine on the day of surgery?

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Dr. James Rotchford
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Unlikely: I'm not absolutely sure but I'm pretty sure the metabolites of smoking such as cotinine are not present in urine after 48 hours or so. Will your surgeon permit you to use a nicotine patch or Chantix? If not I think the surgeon is being unreasonable and I would not like to have a surgeon operate on me who I felt was unreasonable.

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Last updated Jul 3, 2015

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