While I was awake last night trying to entertain myself online I was looking for information about
spinal surgery for a member. I stumbled across an article that talked about
spinal surgery in smokers. It was something I hadn't seen before so I looked further and it seems the medical community is in agreement on it. What the research shows is that spinal surgery to reduce pain for smokers will routinely fail. Sort of surprised me! Below are links and portions of articles that explain.
I'm not putting this out here to shame or discourage anyone who smokes. Lord knows I have my vices too, but if it helps someone who's suffering from back pain and who is considering or has already had surgery, this might offer some helpful information.
Chutzwww.spineuniverse.com/treatments/surgery/cigarette-smoking-its-impact-spinal-fusionsCigarette Smoking and Failed Fusion
Certain factors have been found to affect the success of spinal fusion. Some of these factors include the patient's age, underlying medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, osteoporosis), and cigarette smoking. There is growing evidence that cigarette smoking adversely affects fusion. Smoking disrupts the normal function of basic body systems that contribute to bone formation and growth. As mentioned previously, new bone growth is necessary for a fusion to heal.
Research has demonstrated that habitual cigarette smoking leads to the breakdown of the spine to such a degree that fusion is often less successful when compared to similar procedures performed on non-smokers. In a study of patients undergoing anterior cervical fusion (fusion of the neck), it was observed that smokers had an increased rate of nonunion (up to 47%) as compared to non-smokers.1
Another study evaluated tobacco use in patients who underwent lumbar (low back) fusion. The patients who smoked had failed fusions in up to 40% of cases, compared to only 8% among non-smokers.2 Similar findings have been reported in other studies as well.
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