|There growing evidence that smoking inhibits bone healing, that healing
is slower for smokers and the rate of nonunion is higher. There is also evidence that
stopping smoking right after the fracture restores your chances back towards normal. The
following sites are on the Internet.
Smoking and Bones
Report of a University of Texas Southwestern study showing broken legs took longer to heal
in smokers (average 276 days) compared to non-smokers (146 days)
Smoking; can it
affect bone healing? Hughston Health Alert. Describes slower rate of bone healing in
smokers undergoing the Ilizarov method of treatment.
AAOS OnLine Service Smoking
Inhibits Fracture Healing
AAOS Position Paper
on Smoking. With an excellent bibliography on the subject.
Smokers at higher
risk for osteoporosis (About)
Spinal Fusion more
successful in non smokers Report of a research paper which shows that healing in neck
fusion operations was 81% in non-smokers vs 62% in smokers.
Smoking and Bone Healing from Johns
Hopkins Medical School
Smoking and wound
healing don't mix!
Smoking hurts bones
Effects of smoking on your
surgery (Podiatry Network)
Smoking, a bad break for your
hinders healing summarizes and quotes a number of the studies on the subject
Myles Clough MD Jan 29th 2002