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Smoking and Tobacco

Smoking and Healing

05/11/2009

Question:

Will smoking hinder the healing of crushed bones in the thumb and amputation of index finger? Why?

Answer:

Yes, smoking harms blood flow and immune function. Many surgeons now refuse to do elective surgeries if patients refuse to quit smoking. 

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Response by:

Rob  Crane, MD Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University