Did you know that smoking significantly delays the healing and healing of wounds or fractures and can lead to other postoperative recovery complications?
Smoking is well known for its significant negative impact on health. This is because the bones, organs and tissues of the body feed on blood rich in nutrients, minerals and oxygen. Smoking helps increase nicotine levels in the blood, causing the blood vessels to constrict about 25% of their normal size. As a result, the amount of nutrients supplied to bones, organs and body tissues is reduced, which strongly impacts the immune system: the body’s natural defense mechanism against infections and diseases, hence the delays in processes. tissue repair and regeneration.
Additionally, tobacco is known for the various chemicals it contains – including nicotine. These significantly affect tissue oxygenation, immune response, bone mineral density, and the dynamics of bone and wound healing. Surgeons at La Renaissance are aware of these harmful effects of smoking and strongly recommend quitting the habit to improve patient outcomes.
It should also be mentioned that smoking is a key risk factor for poor wound healing as it prolongs healing time with an increased risk of infection. It is therefore recommended to stop smoking at least two months before surgery to improve the recovery and healing process.
Scientific analyzes and studies have shown that stopping smoking for 3 to 8 weeks significantly reduces healing problems after most surgeries: reducing nicotine consumption reduces healing and healing complications by 50%. Patients considering surgery are therefore strongly advised to refrain from smoking before and after the operation.
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