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Re: smoking cessation and fusion for DR. Witworth

Re: smoking cessation and fusion for DR. Witworth

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Posted by Michael L. Whitworth, MD on May 01, 2000 at 21:35:22:

In Reply to: smoking cessation and fusion for DR. Witworth posted by John on April 28, 2000 at 11:48:24:

Both the vasoconstriction caused by nicotine that reduces bloodflow to the spine and the hypoxia due to the hemoglobin molecules carrying carbon monoxide from cigarettes inhibits bone growth. Generally a month or two of smoking cessation before surgery followed by at least 3-6 months afterwards is needed to double your fusion rate.

: Dr. Whitworth, I need to know how many days before a uranalysis I need to stop smoking in order for it to be negitive for nicotene. I understand that I can not smoke post operatively as nicotene is a toxin to bone growth but do not wish to stop until I have to. Thank you. John





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