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A 21-year-old member asked:

why do i need toquit smokingbefore having spine surgery?

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Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Leeanswered
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Better recovery: Smoking slows wound healing and bone healing in fusion patients. Because the majority of spine surgery is elective, it is advisable to do everything reasonably possible in order to maximize the chance of a successful outcome prior to proceeding.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
It is harmful: Smoking and other tobacco use (dipping and chewing) has been associated with a higher risk of bones not healing bone to bone (critical for fusion procedures). Tobacco use is associated with a greater risk of disk degeneration and greater risk of chronic pain. I urge all tobacco users to stop if they can.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes: Quitting smoking is good for many reasons. In the case of spine surgery, there is better recovery in non smokers. This is even more dramatic if a spinal fusion is necessary.
Dr. Robert Replogle
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Inhibits fusion: Dramatic increase in fusion failure rates in active smokers.

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