Study Finds Smoking Increases Infection Risk

March 22nd, 2017

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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