How Smoking Can Affect Recovery From Orthopedic Surgery

The recovery period after orthopedic surgery plays a huge role in how successful your surgery will be in relieving pain, correcting your injury, and repairing your range of motion. Following your orthopedic surgeon’s instructions regarding rest, medication, and rehabilitation programs are crucial.
However, your habits before and after surgery also affect your recovery success. You may know that cigarette smoke seriously impedes your ability to heal after surgery, but why?
Fortunately, ceasing to smoke 4 to 6 weeks before your orthopedic surgery drastically reduces these risks. However, smoking again while you recover will increase these risks even more. Consult your orthopedic surgeon about best health habits to prepare for orthopedic surgery.

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