Multiple studies confirm that smoking increases the incidence of pulmonary complications after an anesthetic as much as six times. Smoking has been shown to be an independent risk factor for complications ranging from complications of lung function to wound healing to cardiovascular events such as heart attack.
“Spine surgeons are faced with the challenge of particularly high negative outcomes affiliated with smokers. The good news is that patients who quit smoking even a few weeks before surgery can increase their chances for success. Strong for Surgery is able to support spine surgeons in their efforts to improve surgical outcomes in their practice by helping them assess smoking behaviors and providing smoking cessation resources for their patients.” - Strong for Surgery Site Implementation Coodinator
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