A study was undertaken to evaluate the bone healing rates of smokers Vs non-smokers and it was found out that smokers took nearly 50 percent extra time to heal after surgery than those who didn’t smoke. However, during the study, it was also seen that the bones of some smokers couldn’t be healed.
Now surgeons participating at the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) this week are trying to find out ways to reduce the hazards confronted by smokers before as well as post surgery. The surgeons taking part in the conference are also trying to find ways to perk up the bone health of smokers.
Laurence Rubin, a Richmond, Virginia foot and ankle surgeon and an active participant in the conference, states that smokers face maximum risks during and after surgery. He adds that there are specific ways through which the risk can be minimized and the Annual Scientific Conference, surgeons are discussing the finest procedures used for treatment.
Apart from longer healing period, smokers who have undergone surgery, also face the risk of infection, blood clots and shattering wounds.
Source: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons; prnewswire.com