Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
182 Doctors are Online

Smoking effects on liver resection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Good Posted in: Liver and Gall Bladder
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
User :   Hi, I had a jaundice during August and September. Wasn't going away so I went to the hospital and they found a big cyste IN my liver. So I had a liver resection 6 weeks ago. Turned out the cyste was caused by the parasite "echinoccocosis multilocularis". I'm under albendazole 400 mg. Currently on a 2 weeks break until the next round. I would like to know if smoking weed would hurt our slow down the healing process of the resection or even boost the parasite in anyway...
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   DR AAAAAAA here
User :   hi
Doctor :   please give me sometime to read what you have typed
User :   sure
Doctor :   smoking weed can cause further damage to liver
Doctor :   have they done liver function test after the resection?
User :   not sure, how do they do that?
User :   I just had CT scans and ERCP
Doctor :   it is a blood test that is done
Doctor :   request for getting one done
User :   they must have done it then
Doctor :   if it shows completely normal, you can go ahead
Doctor :   but restrict to once a month
User :   they were saying the liver was starting to function normally again after the surgery
User :   once a month for how long exactly?
User :   to be honest I used to smoke once a day before I was admitted at the hospital, would that be possible again some day?
Doctor :   you need to first make sure that you liver is completely healed
User :   ok thats very good to know
User :   also, I'm planning to go home on vacation (europe), is it ok to take the plane?
User :   end of next week?
Doctor :   yes, it should be fine
User :   ok
Doctor :   smoking weed back to your normal frequency will not be possible until after 6 months to 1 year's time
User :   ok I'm glad I asked before going ahead
User :   what about snowboarding this winter? would that be possible or not at all..?
Doctor :   it could be possible, but you will need supervision and be careful not to have fall
Doctor :   \it might disrupt the sutures insides
User :   ok so maybe a little risky still
User :   any restrictions for cigs?
Doctor :   restrict them to about 3 per day
User :   I'm on the right amount then
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   yes, when would it be ok to have a beer ?
User :   and also start to work out, running etc...
Doctor :   no, not right now. you need to wait atleast 3 months to allow for liver functions to be back to normal
Doctor :   mild exercises are fine, carry on with them
User :   ok
User :   ok good advices
User :   thanks a lot doc
Doctor :   is there anything else that i can help you with?
User :   I think that covers pretty much it
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
User :   thanks for the help, bye
Doctor :   do get back to me if you have further queries
User :   will do, thks
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor