Nicotine and Surgery Complication Risks
It has been shown through research and clinical studies that smoking and increased levels in nicotine in your body have severe adverse effect on your overall body health and more specifically in the recovery process after surgery. Elevated levels of nicotine in your system come not only from smoking cigarettes, but also from second hand smoke, chewing tobacco, nicotine gum, nicotine patches, etc. This elevated level occurs even with minimal exposure or less than one cigarette per day. The blood supply and circulation to the skin and body organs is compromised because of the nicotine and SEVERE, PERMANENT complications can occur after surgery during your recovery. These problems include respiratory complications, poor healing, large areas of skin loss and severe and extensive scarring. We request that all our surgical patients stop smoking and abstain from nicotine containing products for a period of four weeks before and after their surgery. We sincerely care for our patients and want you to have the best possible result from your surgery!
We reserve the right to test patients for Nicotine use on the day of surgery. If the patient is found to have a positive result for Nicotine use, we reserve the right to cancel the patient's surgery. Please see the cancellation policy below with applicable fees for cancellation.
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