No matter how big or the small the procedure, surgery is a traumatic experience on the body – the state of your body and how well you prepare it can make a huge difference on how your body recovers after surgery.

There are certain risks associated with undergoing surgery if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or over, or if you smoke.

If you’re overweight:

  • The risk of infection is multiplied by five times if your BMI is 30 or above.
  • Obesity increases the risk of post-operative complications by 12 times.
  • There is an increased risk of further surgery on new joint implants if you’re overweight.

If you’re a smoker:

  • There is less risk of infection after surgery If you don’t smoke
  • Some of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke can lead to increased blood pressure, heart rate and a decrease in oxygen update whilst under general anaesthetic
  • Surgical wounds can take longer to heal if you’re a smoker

Under the Fit for Surgery programme, your GP may discuss the benefits of smoking cessation and/or weight loss, not just if you’re having surgery but for your overall health. They can refer you (or you may refer yourself) to services that may be able to help you achieve some pre-surgery goals in weight management or stopping smoking.

If you need support in leading a healthier lifestyle and you want to quit smoking or lose weight, here’s what you can do:


Losing weight

There is lots of free support in central Lancashire to help you to lose weight and get as fit as possible before your operation.

The PNE Community Engagement Team have been provided with 2 years funding from PHE for a Weight Management Programme.

Aimed at 18+ years and for anyone who can travel to their stadium in Preston,  A 12 week (circa 2 hours per week) programme to support people with a BMI of between 30-30.9 to lose weight, maintain their weight loss and improve their knowledge for a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more by contacting your GP.

You can also visit: Weight Management Programme - Preston North End (

The NHS Better Health website also offers a range of resources, advice and information to help get active including a 12 week plan which aims to: 

  • set weight loss goals
  • use the BMI calculator to customise your plan
  • plan your meals
  • make healthier food choices
  • get more active and burn more calories
  • record your activity and progress

Visit: Lose weight - Better Health - NHS ( for more.


Quitting smoking

QuitSquad is a free service and can help anyone over the age of 12. The team provide you with guidance on the stop smoking products available and support on changing your routines and behaviour, over a 12 week program. 

QuitSquad is currently providing telephone support sessions across Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen).

You are 3 times more likely to quit with support than on your own. You can also download these free apps, from Google Play or App Store, for 24/7 support when you quit smoking.

Find all this and more at: Quit Squad | Your local Stop Smoking Service or by calling 0800 328 6297 today!