A 47-year-old member asked:
Should an orthopedic surgery patient refrain from using tobacco prior to the surgery?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
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.
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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.
5.8k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
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!!!
2.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 25, 2015
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