U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
San Jose, CA
A 32-year-old female asked:

I stopped smoking tobacco for 6 months then when i got a huge surgery date way faster then expected i broke and smoked 2 cigs they do a nicotine test?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely that you would be tested for nicotine prior to a surgical procedure.
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
check with your doctor to be sure, as elective surgery could be delayed
Oct 21, 2018
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Be aware: One of the many reasons surgeons don't want to do elective surgery on smokers is they don't heal well=more complications. Nicotine strangles the capillaries that are needed for tissue to regrow/heal after surgery. It is unlikely they would test you before surgery, but this is something you need to be aware of. If you want to heal, do not take up smoking any time in the post operative period.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Oct 21, 2018

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.