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smoking definitely does hinder fusions from healing. it has been proven to knock something like 10% off the chances of a good fusion. the earlier you quit before surgery the better off you are.

that being said, I had my last smoke 3 hrs before surgery and healed fine. however I also healed very slowly.. smoking may of been part or all of the reason.

definitely dont smoke after the surgery. thats the most important.

never heard of the caffeine bit. I drank like 8 cups of strong coffee most every day after my surgery. well not quite that much the 1st couple weeks after because getting out of bed to use the bathroom sucked.

stay away from NSAIDs and other anti inflammatorys (aspirin, ibuprofen), they interfere also.