Smoking and surgery. Yes, you need to start nicotine patch and gradually reduce the # of cigarettes you smoke before surgery. Your lung function improves and outcome of surgery and overall health are better.
Yes. Nicotine behaves as a vasoconstrictor of vessels thereby decreasing blood flow to tissues ( that need to receive blood flow to heal after surgery). a decrease in this blood flow may result in wound healing problems and/or tissue death. Patients should avoid all forms of nicotine ( smoking, gum, patches), especially prior to procedures involving flaps such as breast lifting, tummy tuck, facelifts.