I have been using the patches for 6 days now and everything has been going great. Well today had to go to sirgeon to discuss my upcoming back surgery. I told hom I had quit smoking which they had said I needed to do before I could have surgery. I told hom I was us9ng the patch. He said while it is good you are quitting , the nicotine is the reason they want you to quit before surgery. It slows down the healing process. So now I have to stop using the patch and go cold turkey. Now I am nervous I won't be able to do it. Help!