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Why do I need to quit smoking before having spine surgery?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Robert Replogle
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Inhibits fusion

Dramatic increase in fusion failure rates in active smokers.

In brief: Inhibits fusion

Dramatic increase in fusion failure rates in active smokers.
Dr. Robert Replogle
Dr. Robert Replogle
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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