American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Quit Smoking

Smoking increases the risk for many problems after your operation. It can: 

  • Make it hard for you to breathe
  • Make an infection in your wound (incision) more likely
  • Increase your chance of having a heart attack

Ask your surgeon about how to quit smoking. Quitting will not only reduce these risks, it will also improve your overall health and even add years to your life.