Save the Cigs for Healing Bones
"Any nicotine delivery device will delay healing in bone, including e-cigarettes"
- Dr. J in the comments
Smokers who stop using tobacco in the six weeks following emergency acute fracture surgery experience fewer complications and heal more quickly than those who continue smoking while healing, report researchers in the June issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). "Our results indicate that a smoking cessation intervention program during the first six weeks after acute fracture surgery decreases the risk of postoperative complications by nearly half," said Hans Nåsell, MD of Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The study is the first of its kind to examine effects of quitting smoking after surgery for fractures. Smoking, which lowers blood oxygen levels and inhibits circulation, can cause wound site infections or delay healing of bone, skin and tissue.