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A 71-year-old male asked:

Any advise on increasing healing of a broken femur with rod and screws? does smoking marijuana slow healing time ?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Recovery: An open reduction and internal fixation with rod and screws, is the recommended method of treating femur fracture. Smoking nicotine will DELAY healing. Nicotine is a powerful vaso constrictor that chokes off your blood flow. More blood flow is needed for healing. MJ has not been studied to know. Be well. Stay connected to your surgeon.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Many supps, improves: First, eat a healthy diet rich in organic fruits & veggies & avoid sugars (see http://bit.ly/1aWXd11). Many nutrients can speed healing, esp, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamins C, D and esp. K (take at least 1000 iu K2/day). Homeopathic Symphytum speeds fracture healing. Medical marijuana likely speeds bone healing-see http://bit.ly/1bYPQFD & http://www.projectcbd.org/conditions/osteoporosis-2/
Last updated Dec 4, 2019

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