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In addition to the harmful effects on the heart and lungs, smoking also has a number of harmful effects on the musculoskeletal system. Below are a number of reasons why, as orthopedic surgeons, we encourage our patients to quit smoking.

  1. Deleterious effects of smoking on the musculoskeletal system include:
  2. Osteoporosis (and therefore increased risk for fractures)
  3. Impaired circulation to the fingers and toes (which may result in painful, non-healing wounds)
  4. Delayed/impaired fracture healing
  5. Delayed/impaired wound healing
  6. Increased likelihood of complications and patient dissatisfaction following surgical procedures
  7. Increased risk of connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

So please, kick the habit! Here is a resource to help you quit: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm