Stop smoking if you are going for a surgery

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Smoking leads to delayed wound healing. A new data is now available which shows that smokers should be encouraged to stop smoking for some time before any elective surgery to reduce post operative complications.

A meta-analysis of six randomized trials has shown that stopping smoking prior to surgery led to a lower risk of total postoperative complications. The meta-analysis also pooled data from 15 observational studies and found that smoking cessation was associated with decreased wound healing complications and also reduced pulmonary complications.

Longer periods of smoking cessation prior to surgery were associated with lower rates of postoperative complications.

(Ref: Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, et al. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med 2011;124:144).

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