Performing Surgery On Smokers: What You Should Know
The risks and complications associated with cigarette smoking are well documented. Ideally, the patient will start a smoking cessation program prior to elective surgery. The surgeon must be aware of the complications and make an effort to educate the patient of these risks.
Dr. Fallat is the Program Director of the Podiatric Surgery Residency at the Oakwood Annapolis Hospital within the Oakwood Healthcare System in Wayne, Mich. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Dr. Chahal is a second-year podiatric surgery resident with the Oakwood Annapolis Hospital within the Oakwood Healthcare System in Wayne, Mich.