surgery today...can I smoke?

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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am finally having my surgery today and was wondering if I am allowed to smoke during the fasting period?

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   Posted 7/21/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Surgery means anesthetic. Are you having an epidural or general anesthetic?

If general anesthetic, no, even I wouldn't smoke! Actually, Mayo Clinic prefers that you NOT smoke for 10 full days prior to undergoing general anesthetic. Anesthesia reduces your respiratory process until it wears off.
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   Posted 7/21/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
C2 is correct. They like your lungs as clear as possible before surgery. Good luck!
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Good luck with your surgery and let us know how you are doing. I smoked but not my usual amount .lol gail
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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Im like Gail I smoked but not as many as I usually would. Jo

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   Posted 7/22/2008 2:07 AM (GMT -7)   
my surgeons wont even operate if you have smoked in the last 2 weeks. luckily i dont..

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