Smokers who avoid smoking during the six-week period following emergency fracture surgery heal more quickly and develop fewer postoperative complications than patients who continue smoking, according to a new study.

The study, published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, examined the effects of quitting smoking following surgery.

The study was conducted at three hospitals in Stockholm and observed daily smokers who underwent emergency surgery for an acute fracture and had been offered a cessation programme within two days of their operation.

In the six-week follow-up period, patients were encouraged to avoid smoking and nicotine substitution was offered to those who needed it.

Researchers discovered that quitting smoking after emergency surgery offers patients similar benefits as quitting prior to a scheduled operation, including a nearly 50% reduction in wound complications.

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