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What happened with me was I awoke early from the surgery - after they were done - but as they were putting the catheter in :dizzy:! The next thing I remember was I was in bed... so I think they put me back under! It did hurt when they took it out a few days later, but it wasn't really bad while it was in place. The other thing that really hurt was when they took the drainage tube out of the incision, but those two events were the only two really painful things that I experienced - and they only lasted a few seconds.

As for the smoking, I switched from the cigarettes to the gum about 2 weeks before the surgery, and chewed up till the day before. Actually I had no urge to smoke for at least a week after the surgery. So it's a good time to quit. The crucial thing is to remain nicotine free for the first 3 months. This is the most critical time. Sadly, nicotine replacement therapy isn't much better than smoking itself, because, as I've said before, it's the nicotine that is the culprit. Now, obviously, if you were to relapse, it would be way better to chew a piece of nicotine gum than to start smoking. You get only about half the nicotine that way, plus you don't get the bad stuff from the cigarette smoke like carbon monoxide.

I know it's really hard. I've quit several times before, and, truth be known, despite all the research I've done on the subject, I relapsed at about 10 weeks. I know... it's nuts :rolleyes:. I've quit both cocaine and alcohol addictions so I can say with absolutely certainty that cigarettes are WAY harder! Bupropion helps some people, but I wig out on the stuff.

The thing I did when I started getting bad cravings about a month after the surgery was to go online and try to find a website that says it's OK to smoke. You won't. I looked. Most HMO's have free quitting classes and will often reduce bupropion and patches/gum to your co-pay.

Hope this helps,
David