Smoking and Fracture Healing

Dr. Bansal talks about Smoking and Fracture Healing

There are no second thoughts on the fact that smoking adversely affects your body, no matter what. As a doctor, I have often come across patients who smoked regularly and didn’t have the slightest idea of how damaging it can be. That’s hard to believe, but is a developing country like India it’s a hard fracture

Most of my patients are suffering from bone disorders or fractures. And when I tell them that smoking can delay their treatment or can worsen the case, they are taken aback. But that’s true. Smoking is known to negatively impact bone healing. Many fracture complications arise in a patient if he has a history of smoking for a prolonged time. Studies suggest that if a person smokes more than 5 times a day his blood vessels start to shrink and their capacity is reduced; therefore following complications can take place:

Delayed Union

Smoking makes the blood vessels weak and the vessels become incapable to carry nutrition. And in case of fracture, blood vessels are already damaged and take time to heal but because of smoking new vessels are unable to form and take time to join back.

Avascular Necrosis

It is very common in femur fractures when the blood supply is cut off from the femoral head and patients who have smoking habits are more prone to avascular necrosis. It is one of the leading causes that delay hip joint replacement in patients who have a smoking history or continue smoking even after injury.

Low Bone density

Bone density reduces drastically in smokers due the reduction in metabolism and poor nutritional supply to the bones and muscles. This creates a vicious cycle and bone is further prone to fragility fractures.

The solution? Fortunately or unfortunately is only one. Don’t smoke or at least try to minimize it to save you from future discomforts. If you are suffering from bone deformity or fractures of any kind, smoking can definitely worsen your case. So, be your own protector and quit smoking for the best.

About Bansal Global Hospital

A world class private hospital located in North-West Delhi, the Bansal Global Hospital offers the best treatment possible and care to its patients round the clock (24×7). The multi-specialty Bansal Global Hospital provides specialist medical and surgical care ranging from simple day-case procedures to complex surgeries, blood and other tests in our state of the art pathology lab, digital X-rays, inpatient facilities. The hospital has dedicated inpatient facility, with all fully air-conditioned ensuite rooms. Our staff offer high quality services to ensure that your stay with us is as comfortable as possible in private and discrete facilities.


Bansal Global Hospital C-10 Ramgarh,, Near Jahangirpuri Metro Station, Delhi, 110033

Bansal Fracture, Gynae and Kids Clinic, E-1086 Saraswati Vihar, Pitampura, Delhi 110034

Neo Kidz Clinic, C-38 Raj Nagar, Pitampura, Delhi 110034

Tel: 011-27636400

Dr Suresh Bansal – Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Bimla Bansal – Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Neha Bansal Child Specialist

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