We’ve heard it a thousand times: smoking is bad for you. But people who’ve taken up the habit continue to smoke, and it can be one of the hardest things to quit. Perhaps another reason to quit smoking—which may prompt you to finally quit—is that it may be raising the risk of infections, especially after recent surgery.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking tobacco causes more than 480,000 deaths a year in the United States—nearly one in five deaths is attributed to smoking. Smoking is attributed to more deaths than HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol use, motor vehicle accidents, and firearm-related incidents combined. Tobacco is also associated with the following health risks:
According to a new study, chances of repeated surgery for infection was 80 percent higher than for non-smokers, with the study in question following hip or knee replacement patients. The study analyzed data from more than 15,000 patients who underwent either a total hip or knee replacement between 2000 and 2014.
What the investigators found was that the overall risk of repeat surgery for infections within 90 days was only 0.71 percent, but that risk was increased to 1.2 percent in those who were smokers compared to only 0.56 percent in those who weren’t. After adjusting for other possible factors and summarizing the data results, the researchers were left to conclude that current smokers’ risk was 80 percent higher than non-smokers or former smokers.
“The findings suggest it may be a good idea to enroll patients in smoking-cessation programs before they have total joint replacement,” Dr. Matthew Austin wrote.
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