Smokers who undergo hip replacement surgery take longer to heal after their operations, experience more complications, and are more likely to need revision surgery to repair or replace their implant, a new study reveals. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Researchers reviewed data from 300 patients who underwent hip replacement surgery between 2007 and 2009. A third of the patients were smokers. Researchers found that patients who smoked had an 8 percent chance of their implants failing compared to 1 percent for nonsmokers. Of the nine revision surgeries among smokers, four ... Read More
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