Here is another reason to quit—after joint replacement surgery smokers are at an increased risk of reoperation because of infection. This was the result of a study published in the February 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and led by senior author Matthew S. Austin, M.D., of the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Austin’s study included data on 15,264 patients who underwent a total of 17, 391 total joint replacements between 2000 and 2013. There were 8,917 hip and 8,477 knee replacements in the study.
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