Smoking and postoperative pain

Does quitting smoking pre-operatively have a clinically significant impact on pain following surgery?

This study aimed to examine the effects of long-term smoking and nicotine dependence on pain following surgery.

107 male participants who were undergoing elective thoracoscopic lung cancer surgery were divided into 3 groups:

  • those who had a high nicotine dependency and discontinued smoking less than 3 weeks before surgery;
  • those who had a high nicotine dependency but quit smoking more than 3 weeks post surgery; and
  • non-smokers.

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