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Important Do's and Don’ts Before Surgery
Stop SmokingSmoking irritates your lungs, decreases their efficiency and interferes with your ability to recover from surgery. Each day that you are smoke free will help your lung function improve.You should stop smoking well before surgery.For more information on smoking cessation programs offered through Massachusetts General Hospital, please call (617) 726-7443.
Continue (or Start) to ExerciseBeing active before surgery helps to condition you and often makes you feel better. If you have an exercise program or are participating in a rehabilitation program, please continue this.If you have been very sedentary, try adding little pieces of activity to your day. Even increasing your level of simple activities of daily living can help. Take a short walk. Vacuum the house. Climb the stairs. Every little bit helps.
Do Breathing ExercisesBreathing exercises will be very important after surgery and can also be a good relaxation technique. If you are coughing up mucus (phlegm) before your surgery, deep breathing and coughing exercises are usually helpful.
If You Are UnwellIf you have a fever or are sick, contact your thoracic surgeon’s office to decide if the surgery needs to be postponed.
The Day Before SurgeryOn the day before your procedure:
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