A member asked:

Should an orthopedic surgery patient refrain from using tobacco prior to the surgery?

7 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Martin Raff answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Absolutely: Both before and permanently after the surgery. Smoking limits the blood supply to the affected area and delays healing to say nothing about all the other negative things it does. Please stop.

Answered 4/30/2012


Dr. Shawn Hennigan answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Tobacco hazards: Tobaco contains toxins that cause small blood vessels to constrict or tighten. This impairs blood flow to a healing surgical site, and has been shown without doubt to increase risk for healing complications.

Answered 12/13/2012


Dr. Frederick Buechel, Jr. MD answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Yes: tobacco smoking inhibits wound healing and should be stopped around the time of surgery. If it is for a bone healing surgery, tobacco use can cause the bones to not heal. So STOP!!!

Answered 10/25/2015



Related Questions

Online Primary Care Doctors Accepting New Patients

$44 video appointments available today with a membership as low as $15/month

Book a Video Appointment
Ask your question
Didn't find what you're looking for?

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more.

Ask your question