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Does smoking affect gastric bypass surgery?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Snesthesia specific

Patient's who qualify for bariatric surgery are already at risk for sleep apnea and collapsed lungs.
Why make things worse by triggering constriction of airways? I know of many bariatric surgeons who refuse surgery on smokers. Remember, post-surgical instructions are very strict so you have to demonstrate the ability to change unhealthy behaviors prior to surgery.

In brief: Snesthesia specific

Patient's who qualify for bariatric surgery are already at risk for sleep apnea and collapsed lungs.
Why make things worse by triggering constriction of airways? I know of many bariatric surgeons who refuse surgery on smokers. Remember, post-surgical instructions are very strict so you have to demonstrate the ability to change unhealthy behaviors prior to surgery.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Terry Simpson
Smoking increases risk of the anastomosis not healing, risking leaks. It increases risk of pneumonia.
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Smoking and it's byproducts increase the risk of postoperative complications after bypass surgery.
There is a greater risk of strictures, marginal ulcerations and a decrease in blood flow which could result in an anastomotic leak. There is also pulmonary risks such as pneumonia, atelectasis and decreased oxygen saturation post surgery. Smoking can also inc hospital stay and prolong recuperation.

In brief: Yes

Smoking and it's byproducts increase the risk of postoperative complications after bypass surgery.
There is a greater risk of strictures, marginal ulcerations and a decrease in blood flow which could result in an anastomotic leak. There is also pulmonary risks such as pneumonia, atelectasis and decreased oxygen saturation post surgery. Smoking can also inc hospital stay and prolong recuperation.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
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Dr. David Hargroder
Bariatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Definitely!

Smoking has a number of bad effects related to gastric bypass surgery.
Some of the early post-operative complications that are effected include: 1. Your risk of developing pneumonia immediately after surgery increases if you smoke. 2 .Your risk of developing blood clots in your legs and lungs is higher if you smoke. 3. The risk of developing stomach ulcers after surgery is higher in smokers.

In brief: Definitely!

Smoking has a number of bad effects related to gastric bypass surgery.
Some of the early post-operative complications that are effected include: 1. Your risk of developing pneumonia immediately after surgery increases if you smoke. 2 .Your risk of developing blood clots in your legs and lungs is higher if you smoke. 3. The risk of developing stomach ulcers after surgery is higher in smokers.
Dr. David Hargroder
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