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

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
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.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
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!!!

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Last updated Oct 25, 2015

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