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Can smoking really make a bone surgery fail?

Can smoking really make a bone surgery fail?

Yes: Smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict causing less oxygen flow to the areas of the body that need the oxygen for healing after a surgery. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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What can I expect with a dental bone reconstruction? I will be going in for some dental implants soon, but there is not enough bone for them, so first i will need bone reconstruction. I've read that artifical bone substitutes are used that new bone then s

What can I expect with a dental bone reconstruction? I will be going in for some dental implants soon, but there is not enough bone for them, so first i will need bone reconstruction. I've read that artifical bone substitutes are used that new bone then s

Bone augmentation: And regeneration techniques are routine these days and very predictable. It sound far scarier than it is. You need a good bony platform to ensure the success of the implants. Hope this helps and thanks for the question. ...Read more

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Would a lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis not feel so weak all the time?

Would a lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis not feel so weak all the time?

No: Lung volume reduction is only indicated in emphysema; not chronic bronchitis. The surgery has specific criteria based on lung function (fev1 > 20%) and that the patient has impaired exercise tolerance. Also the disease has to be affecting mainly the upper lobes of the lung rather than evenly throughout the lungs. Fatigue from bronchitis is usually due to recurrent infection/cough. ...Read more

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Do nerves really grow back? How would a nerve implant or transplant work?

Do nerves really grow back? How would a nerve implant or transplant work?

Yes: Nerves that are reconnected grow together very slowly. In vca transplants (vascularized composite allografts) i.e. Hand transplants. The nerves are spliced with micro-surgical techniques and they take months to heal. Real function only returns with therapy and time. ...Read more

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Had kidney transplant can smoking can cigerettes and marijuana hurt my transplanted kidney in anyway or even make it fail on me.

Had kidney transplant can smoking can cigerettes and marijuana hurt my transplanted kidney in anyway or even make it fail on me.

Harms blood vessels: Promotes arteriosclerosis which reduces blood flow to kidneys ; heart which promotes hypertension which in turn damages the kidneys. Of course smoking improves your chances of developing lung cancer which can spread to the kidneys and kill you. Think of the generous kidney donor who has given you life.Transplanted kidneys have enough of a rough time without imposing additional unnecessary risk. ...Read more

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Can a pocket depth reduction reverse damage already done? I need to have a pocket depth reduction procedure performed, and I am wondering if that can help reverse any damage already done to my bone and gum, or if it just helps prevent further damage from

Can a pocket depth reduction reverse damage already done? I need to have a pocket depth reduction procedure performed, and I am wondering if that can help reverse any damage already done to my bone and gum, or if it just helps prevent further damage from

You : You have an excellent understanding of the procedure. The reduction in the pocket depth will allow you to keep that area clean at home and prevent excessive bacteria and food from getting trapped between the tooth and gum tissue. Pocket reduction does not bring back the level of the bone, but arrests the progression of the bone loss. Proper home care and regular hygiene visits will help keep the problem from recurring. ...Read more

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Can my hand injury be bad enough to have to get surgery or can it heal some other way without surgery ?

Can my hand injury be bad enough to have to get surgery or can it heal some other way without surgery ?

See Doctor: Since our hands are such necessary functional units of our body, you never want to lose even 5% function. A hand injury necessitates careful medical evaluation and close follow up. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Emphysema. Up to what age can they do a lung transplant surgery?

Emphysema. Up to what age can they do a lung transplant surgery?

65: Most centers have an upper age of 65, but this can vary slightly depending on underlying health (co-morbidities) and accuracy of the match. ...Read more

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Is there treatment to reduce turbinate without surgery? looking for other methods besides surgery so i can smell and fully breathe again

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Is there treatment to reduce turbinate without surgery? looking for other methods besides surgery so i can smell and fully breathe again

Yes: But first you need to be sure that the turbinate swelling is not reversible and is the sole cause for your loss in smelling function. Ultrasound and cryotherapy have been used for turbinate reduction. See ENT ...Read more

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I have a bone spur in my heal, medication nor home treatment does not work. Would surgery be the best solution?

I have a bone spur in my heal, medication nor home treatment does not work. Would surgery be the best solution?

Plantar Fasciitis: "Bone Spurs" or "Heel Spurs" are old ways of expressing one of the most common problems I see in practice: Plantar Fasciitis. The pain does not come from a spur, but actually comes from tension and inflammation across this ligament. I DO NOT recommend surgery for this problem. I am able to get rid of the problem 99% of the time in my patients conservatively. See a Podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can still play soccer with a partially torn ligament. Is surgery necessary to fix it or are there other ways without surgery? Thank you in advance!

Can still play soccer with a partially torn ligament. Is surgery necessary to fix it or are there other ways without surgery? Thank you in advance!

What ligament? : What ligament is it? You typically want to rest a torn ligament while it is in the healing process and excessive ambulation can cause further damage to the injury. Not to mention it is painful to even walk with a torn ligament in the lower extremities! ...Read more

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I have an ankle fracture, it requires surgery so they can put in a plate. How long will this surgery take?

I have an ankle fracture, it requires surgery so they can put in a plate. How long will this surgery take?

About 90 minutes: It actually depends on whether one or both bones are broken, or if it is more complicated fracture, which might take longer. As long as a good job is done, length of time it takes to do it, doesn't matter. I am sure you'll agree. ...Read more

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I have a non union humerus bone after im surgery. What surgery will fix it? Doc isnt sure the rod can be removed because of tight fit. Worried :(

I have a non union humerus bone after im surgery.  What surgery will fix it? Doc isnt sure the rod can be removed because of tight fit. Worried :(

Non Union Options: Repair of a non union is based on obtaining a stable bone, and improving the bone healing ability of the fractures, . There are too basic types of non unions. An atrophic non union is when the body has made no bone. This situation requires maximal stability and a bone graft to start the healing process. Maximum stability is best achieved with a plate following nail removal. ...Read more

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Can having a screw in your bone make it weaker?

No: Orthopedic screws are designed with this in mind, and generally do not weaken the bone. ...Read more

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Artificial vs tissue aortic valve replacement. Is it worth it to do tissue when it will have to be redone in 10 to 12 years? Effects of blood thinner?

Artificial vs tissue aortic valve replacement. Is it worth it to do tissue when it will have to be redone in 10 to 12 years? Effects of blood thinner?

Depends.....: Depends on age, lifestyle and need or not for anticoagulant for other reasons. Coumadin (warfarin) is not without risk, while the risk for re-replacement of a tissue aortic valve is not high. So if you are relatively young (<60), don't need Coumadin (warfarin) or don't want to take it, it would be very reasonable to have a tissue valve with the understanding that you will probably require another replacement. ...Read more

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Can smoking really make a bone surgery fail?

Yes: Smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict causing less oxygen flow to the areas of the body that need the oxygen for healing after a surgery. ...Read more

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Im scheduled to have surgery in 35 days and was suppose to quit smoking for 90 days. ive been tobacco free for7 days now . will i fail a blood test?

Im scheduled to have surgery  in 35 days and was suppose to quit smoking for 90 days. ive been tobacco free for7 days now . will i fail a blood test?

Don't worry: Drink lots of water every day (8-10 glasses), get Vitamin C (fruit) and be active. Avoid passive smoke. Blood clears faster than hair, but slower than urine and there are false positive reasons you could fail. But you'll probably pass if you don't slip before the surgery. Anyway - it's too late to worry. Do your best. The reason is for optimal healing - important but not critical. Relax. ...Read more

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Many dental implants can fail for one reason or another. What fills in the bone hole where the implant was before if a second surgery not an option?

Implant Failures: Implant Failures are actually quite unusual when cases are carefully selected and done by competent surgeons and restorative dentists. If the implant needs to be removed, the surrounding bone fills in the defect. In some cases, bone augmentation might also be required. ...Read more

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Can bone spurs return after surgery?

Possibly: Depending on where your spurs were removed from will help with the answer to this question. In general, bone spurs will no return. But, in some cases over many years there might be a recurrence of bone in the same location. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a bone spur go away without surgery?

No: Generally the symptoms get better however.Usually doesn't need surgery. ...Read more

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What occurs during a bone fusion surgery?

What occurs during a bone fusion surgery?

Fusion (Arthrodesis): The technical term for fusion is arthrodesis. It's commonly used in the spine and joints like hip, knee and ankle. When joints become arthritic and lack cartilage, it's very painful to have bone rubbing on bone as 2 independent surfaces. Fusion attempts to bridge the two surfaces by using bone graft and other biomaterials. Once the surfaces heal together, there's no motion and this reduces pain. ...Read more

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Without surgery, how are bone spurs treated?

Without surgery, how are bone spurs treated?

Depend on cause: If due to excessive tension on tendon or ligament inserting into bone, this must be eliminated. Stop excessive pressure on particular bone involved. ...Read more

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How bad is bone lengthening surgery for you?

How bad is bone lengthening surgery for you?

Bad: Terriblle idea for cosmetic reasons only indications huge length discrepancies or some dwarfisms 100%complicat rate pintract infections scarring pain significant. Ilizarov develoed thes techniquics to salvage severly injured limbs in stead of amputation. ...Read more

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What is the bone spur surgery recovery time.?

It depends where in : The body the spur is that is being removed. ...Read more

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Could having surgery on your talus bone hurt?

Surgery : Can hurt no matter what the procedure or bone to be operated on is. ...Read more

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Why would doctors use titanium in bone surgery?

Surgeon preference: This may be an implant style preference of this may be a selection made on the basis of a known allergy that the patient has to other surgical implant options. ...Read more

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Does the bone heal back after a laminaectomy surgery.

Does the bone heal back after a  laminaectomy surgery.

No: they remove the lamina. after several years, it can appear on MRI that the resected Bone has grown back, but by CT we always see a defect ...Read more

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What kinds of bone plates used in cranio-facial surgery?

What kinds of bone plates used in cranio-facial surgery?

Usually titanium: Plates and screws used in craniofacial surgery are usually titanium. Some are stainless steel or cobalt-chromium. There are also resorbable (absorbed by the body over time) non-metal plates and screws. ...Read more

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What are the risks of surgery complications caused smoking?

What are the risks of surgery complications caused smoking?

Everything: From infection, poor / non healing, incision / repair breakdown to higher risk of cardiopulmonary complications are all reported with tobacco use. However, good outcomes are also noted with patients who quit tobacco use before surgery and do not resume smoking till their healing is complete. If you can't or don't want to quit for good - at least take a break around the time of your surgery. ...Read more

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Why do some bone spurs return after surgery to remove them?

No short ans. : Bone spurs occur as a result of progressive remodeling, usually in response to increased physiologic stress on the bone as a result of cartilage loss (arthritis). Removing them does not change the physiology of the arthritic joint, thus they tend to recur. ...Read more

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What type of metal do they use for bone reconstructive surgery?

What type of metal do they use for bone reconstructive surgery?

Various: There are many metal types used. Most are alloys and are not one metal. Some plates are stainless steel. Some are titanium. Most nails or rods are made of titanium. Joint replacements are made of many different alloys and there are too many to list here. Most common is cobalt chrome. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a soft bone after surgery on the bone?

What does it mean to have a soft bone after surgery on the bone?

Osteopenia: It is not unusual to develop "disuese osteopenia" after fracture work. When you are not walking on a leg, the bones see less stress and lose some of their bone density. It should revert to normal with time. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bone fixation surgery?

What is the definition or description of: bone fixation surgery?

Fracture repair: "bone fixation surgery" typically refers to repair/reconstruction of broken bones with plate and screws, screws alone, or intramedullary rods. ...Read more

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