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Quitting smoking not surgery complication risk

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Patients who quit smoking only a few weeks before surgery do not have more risk of complications, according to researchers. 

They said while smoking was a risk factor for postoperative complications, the optimal period to quit before a procedure was unknown.

The study assessed nine studies comparing complications in patients who stopped smoking eight weeks or less prior to surgery with smokers.

The researchers found “no beneficial or detrimental effect of quitting” within eight weeks of surgery compared with continued smoking.

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