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Bariatric and Metabolic surgery TIP 10 No weight loss results if you don't QUIT SMOKING Risk factor of Bariatric surgery almost doubles in a smoker as compared to a non smoker. That is, surgical complications become twice likely to happen in a smoker, which can lead to death. They are susceptible to experience more non fatal surgical risks too. This is one of the reasons why you must stop smoking prior to and after Bariatric /Obesity Surgery or Metabolic / Diabetes Surgery. The surgical complications associated with smoking include surgical wound infection, pneumonia, blood clots & marginal ulcers. Smokers have almost a 30 percent of higher complication rate after weight loss surgery, which is immensely higher than that of a non-smoker. After weight loss surgery, continuing to smoke could reduce your ability to lose weight and will influence your health in a negative way. If you have a history of smoking, quitting before surgery is a mandatory rule. It is best if you can maintain and quit smoking completely.
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