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Can I smoke before a kidney transplant?

Before a kidney transplant it is important that you stop smoking, whether you will be receiving a living donor kidney or deceased donor kidney transplant. The operation may be cancelled if you have not stopped smoking prior to your surgery. Smoking cessation programs are available and your doctor can assist you in making the best choice for your situation.

If you have a living donor, he or she must stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery to prevent any potential complications (related to smoking) during surgery. The operation may be cancelled if the live donor has not stopped smoking prior to his or her surgery.

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