Best of luck with the surgery, sir. I'm going to wager it's either back surgery or some variety of coronary/heart snipping. Having quit dip myself, I concur that it's much harder than any other form of tobacco to let go. Cigarettes weren't a problem; quitting dip (Cope Southern Blend for me) contributed to a brawl with a former boss (granted, he was drunk and hit me first). I wish I had known about the tea/molasses trick; that actually appeals to me. I just ended up sucking down 36 mg vape juice at about 8 ml's a day. Good luck to you, on all fronts.