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Smoking Cessation

How does smoking affect your orthopedic condition?

  • Reduces blood flow which can delay and/or impair the quality of bone repair
  • Reduces formation of osteoblasts, which are the cells that form bone
  • Reduces bone density, making bones more brittle
  • Reduces blood flow to the skin
  • Reduces the white blood cells that help fight infection

What does that mean in regards to orthopedic surgery?

  • Smokers are six times more likely to develop a wound infection following surgery
  • Smokers have a 37% greater chance of the bone not healing (this is called a non-union)
  • Smokers are 3.7 times more likely to develop an infection in the bone (this is called osteomyelitis)

What are other reasons to quit?

  • Reduce your risk of cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, emphysema, and other smoking-related diseases
  • Help prevent pneumonia and bronchitis
  • Stop smoking-related headaches and stomach problems
  • Enjoy better overall health
  • Reduce your family's risk of health problems caused by second-hand smoke
  • Increase your energy level
  • Improve your sense of taste and smell
  • Have a lot more spending money

When you quit...

After less than 30 minutes:

  • Your pulse and blood pressure return to normal
  • The temperature of your hands and feet return to normal

After 8-24 hours:

  • Your blood's oxygen level returns to normal
  • Carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop to normal
  • Your risk of heart attack decreases

After 48-72 hours:

  • Your sense of smell and taste increases
  • Your nerve endings begin to re-grow
  • Your breathing becomes easier

After 2 weeks to 3 months:

  • Your lungs work up to 30% better
  • Your circulation improves and walking is easier

One year after quitting:

  • Your risk of having a heart attack drops by 50%

10 years after quitting:

  • Your risk of dying from lung cancer becomes about equal to that of a non-smoker

 

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