Performing Surgery On Smokers: What You Should Know

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Lawrence Fallat, DPM, FACFAS, and Ruby Chahal, DPM

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   Editor’s note: For further reading, see “Study Examines Effect Of Smoking On Elective Foot Surgery” in the November 2009 issue of Podiatry Today or“Does Secondhand Smoke Contribute To Delayed Post-Op Wound Healing?” in the May 2007 issue. For other related articles, visit the archives at .

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c cernaksays: April 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

I believe a few years ago I read in one of the major journals that you never do elective surgery on a smoker. I've abided by that rule for over 20 years. If they were in enough pain that they needed to consider foot surgery, they were referred back to their primary care doctor to get help to stop smoking before the surgery was scheduled. If there were ever doubts they had quit, a nicotine level was run a day or so before the case was to be scheduled.

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