Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Research has Found Smoking to Play a Role in Hip and Knee Replacement Failure

April
2012

Researchers have recently looked at the effects of smoking on total joint replacement therapy.  Results indicate that smokers are more likely to suffer from new replacement failure than patients who do not smoke. These findings suggest that orthopedic surgeons are good candidates to encourage their patient to quit smoking before their surgery and to follow up with them post surgery to assist in maintaining smoking cessation efforts.