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Why does my doctor ask if I smoke?
Originally Answered: Why do doctors always ask if I smoke or have smoked when I go in for an appointment? It is the usual practise with doctors to ascertain about the habits of their patients including past illness history so that a treatments is prescribed appropriately. Because they are your doctor and they love you.
How long should you stop smoking before surgery?
The truth is that quitting smoking just four to six weeks before your surgery—and staying smoke-free afterward—can lower your risk of serious complications and help you recover more quickly.
How can a doctor tell if you smoke?
Yes, your doctor can tell if you smoke occasionally by looking at medical tests that can detect nicotine in your blood, saliva, urine and hair. When you smoke or get exposed to secondhand smoke, the nicotine you inhale gets absorbed into your blood.
Can a doctor tell if you’re a smoker just by looking?
There are so many ways a doctor could tell if you’re a smoker, aside from just looking at your throat. If you’ve been smoking for decades, then probably, and again, probably not. We are all different people and suffer from things differently.
Does smoking cause blood flow restriction?
Although smoking can cause blood flow restriction, the effects of smoking and subsequent healing times hasn’t been clinically proven. When a person smokes his white blood cells are lessened and as a result have a difficult time fighting bacteria which could lead to infection.
Can a doctor refuse to perform surgery because of smoking?
Saying he chose not to perform surgery because your smoking would have caused you to lose your foot is rather a stretch. A doctor has a right to decide not to perform surgery if he believes doing so would harm the patient.
Is smoking 2 or 3 cigarettes a week too much?
In regard to your actual question, you said you “ smoke 2 or maybe 3 cigarettes a week ”. It does not seem like much, but it depends on how long you’ve been doing for! Excessive smoking can cause lung, tongue and throat cancers, gum disease, and is bad for the heart and wallet/purse.