ZocdocAnswersCan you chew tobacco after a gallbladder surgery?

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Can you chew tobacco after a gallbladder surgery?

Had gallbladder removed today

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I recommend that you talk to your primary care physician. Gallbladder surgery is often an outpatient procedure performed laparoscopically in many hospital centers these days. As with many abdominal surgeries, patients may be suffering some level of abdominal pain for several days after the procedure. There may also be some accompanying nausea, at first from the anesthesia and later on possibly from the ongoing pain related to the surgical incisions. Chewing tobacco may add to post-operative nausea which can lead to vomiting and in turn exacerbation of abdominal pain. For this reason alone, most physicians would argue that it would be prudent to wait until after the immediate post-operative period to start chewing tobacco. Additionally, all physicians would counsel you to stop chewing tobacco altogether, given the health hazards linked to chewing tobacco. Nicotine is found in all tobacco products and is well known to be an addictive stimulant. Furthermore, chewing tobacco has been linked to an increase in rates of tongue and mouth cancer as well as tooth decay. If you have further questions about the dangers of chewing tobacco or methods to help you quit, you should talk to your primary care physician.

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