Hypnosis Denver – Smoking and Surgical Risks
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Hypnosis Denver – Smoking and Surgical Risks
Smokers Nearly 40% More Likely Than Non-smokers to Die After Surgery, Study Finds
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Hypnosis Denver – According to a Web MD Article…
Oct. 19, 2010 — Smokers who undergo surgery are more likely than nonsmokers to have complications or to die shortly after surgical procedures, according to a new study. The risk of death within 30 days of a wide variety of surgeries was nearly 40% higher in smokers than in nonsmokers, says Alparslan Turan, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic. He presented his findings today at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in San Diego. ”There was also an increase in cardiovascular complications,” Turan tells WebMD. In his study comparing more than 82,000 smokers with nonsmoking patients, the smokers were:
- 57% more likely to have cardiac arrest
- 80% more likely to have a heart attack
- 73% more likely to have a stroke
”The risk of pneumonia was double [for smokers],” Turan says Smokers were also more likely to contract infections and to be put on mechanical ventilation after surgery because of complications. What’s The Underlying Trigger? “Your body chronically gets attacked by the smoke,” Turan says. “Smoking increases inflammation.” The inflammation increases your chances of these complications, he says. In another study presented Monday at the meeting, researchers from Cleveland Clinic and other institutions reported that smokers also have higher levels of pain after surgery.
Here are three more complications that smokers may experience during or after surgery.
Hypnosis Denver – Infection
If you are a smoker one of the most common complications during surgery is infection. Since smoking deprives cells of oxygen, they don’t typically heal correctly and you are at a greater risk of infection.
Heart and Lung
Since smoking is hard on the lungs and the heart, your chances of recovery from heart surgery are limited because of the damage to your organs and immune system.
Vasoconstriction, or constriction of the blood vessels, is common in smokers. This makes blood flow more difficult and interferes with the proper transference of oxygen throughout your body.
Smoking, Anesthesia and The Risk
Smoking does two things in terms of the cardiovascular system that anesthesiologists area concerned about. First, smoking increases the amount of carbon monoxide attached to hemoglobin in the blood. This has the effect of decreasing oxygen supply. Carbon monoxide also makes the heart pump more poorly, also decreasing the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the body. Second, nicotine increases the amount of oxygen that the body needs. So, oxygen supply is being compromised at the same time that more oxygen is being utilized. Smoking obviously also affects the lungs. Among other things, smoking causes an increase in the amount of mucus secreted while at the same time decreasing the ability of the lungs to clear these secretions
Smoking causes the small airways in the lungs to be narrowed and more prone to collapse. The end result of these effects are an increased susceptibility to infection, chronic cough and increased chance of pulmonary complications. Lastly, smokers also have increased sensitivity to stimuli and increased bronchial reactivity, increasing the chance for bronchospasm and other life threatening pulmonary processes. This is not just theory. There have been multiple studies confirming that smoking increases the incidence of pulmonary complications after an anesthetic as much as six times. Smoking has been shown to be an independent risk factor for complications ranging from complications of lung function to wound healing to cardiovascular events such as heart attack. Stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery and avoid any contact with nicotine. Non-smokers and persons with no exposure to nicotine in any way have significantly less risk of complications because nicotine restricts blood flow and impairs healing. Smokers have greater risk of skin loss and higher incidence of necrosis due to blood vessel constriction and a decreased oxygen supply.
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