Re: why it is so important to quit prior to surgery?
Smoking interferes with wound healing for some reason. Not sure why. But I was 2 weeks smoke free when I had my brain tumor (metastatic lung cnacer) removed surgically and I was out of the hospital in 2 days, pain free and it healed up nicely....not even one of those hospital staph infections.
Mosts "plastic" surgeons wouldn't even operate on a smoker because of the wound healing factor, from what I've heard. So your best bet is to quit at least for the surgery.
Of course smoking also interferes with blood oxygen and can impede breathing
while under general anesthesia too, so that's nothing to fool around with.
I'm smoke-free 9 months on the 7th.
If I can quit, anyone can! I smoked for 28 years. Diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in Dec. 2006. It's been 10 months of sheer hell....and no cure in sight.
You can do it! I'll be praying for you!