Dr Stuart Myers

Why not smoke?

Cigarette smoking (even just one or two!) can effect wound and tissue healing.

It also effects the rate of Complications both surgical & anaesthetic.

I therefore strongly recommend that you do not smoke for one week prior to surgery and one month after your surgery.

There are particular operations where smoking can dramatically alter the rate of healing.

These include:

- Scaphoid Fractures

- Ulnar Osteotomies

- Fusions esp Midcarpal fusions

- Dupuytrens surgery esp involving skin grafts