Smoking Increases Wound Complications After TJA

Amber Blake

Should surgeons advise patients to quit smoking before undergoing total joint arthroplasty (TJA)? It’s a well-known fact that smoking is bad for overall health, increasing the chances of lung cancer, heart attack, and stroke. In a study presented at the 2015 Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) annual meeting, Kyle Duchman, MD, and his team took a closer look at how smoking can lead to complications following TJA.

“TJA has a proven track record, with consistently excellent results reported throughout the orthopaedic literature,” explained Dr. Duchman. “However, patient factors have previously been identified that consistently produce results that are less than excellent.”

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