Smoking adds complicated risks to spinal procedures

Many surgeons, especially neurosurgeons, urge patients to stop smoking before spinal procedures, particularly, spinal fusions.

Why?

An extensive amount of research has found that smoking cigarettes prolongs the healing process and causes complications. Below is a list of problems that can arise:

  • Decreased rate of successful fusion (called non-union or pseudoarthroses)
  • Poorer clinical outcomes, including pain reduction
  • Poor rehabilitation after surgery, and prolonged healing process

Findings

Quitting smoking prior to spinal procedures and remaining a non-smoker will result in more positive outcomes, including achieving pain reduction and overall successful surgery. Quitting at least 6 weeks before surgery will help you avoid smoking post-operatively and help with the rehabilitation process.

If you have more questions, please email us at contactus@legacyneuro.com

Update as of 4/30/2020

 

We are now starting to reschedule elective procedures for those patients who wish to undergo treatment.  We are still adhering to strict social distancing guidelines and take every precaution to ensure safety of our staff and patients.

 

We will continue to see patients via telehealth for office visits.

 

We appreciate all of our patients working with us during this time.

 

The Legacy Team 

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