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Smoking after tonsil removal ?

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i just got my tonstils removed on the 29th of april it is now the 13th of may. i am a smoker i smoke about a pack a day i have been without one for all this time and i am going crazy. the dr told me i am healing well i can eat real food and everything. i did have a prob where i was bleeding.the scab ripped. but the doc said it wont happen again. when can i start smoking?i dont want to mess up anything

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replied May 13th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A12080
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You want to know when can you resume smoking after tonsillectomy.
Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of post operative hemorrhage after tonsillectomy in some studies especially when combined with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.
The risk of hemorrhage is greater in the first 24 hours and the delayed hemorrhage is usually seen between 5th-10th post-operative period. As you have now 2 weeks gone past operation, the risk of bleed is minimal but it is better to quit smoking for good now because of its other adverse effects on health. If you have controlled yourself for 2 weeks you might realise that you can do without smoking as well. You must seek the help of your doctor and he can help you by suggesting a support group for the same.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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