Moderated by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD
My answer is never. Use the break that your surgery afforded you as a great opportunity to quit your smoking habit for good. Smoking/vaping is very detrimental to healing after orthopaedic surgery especially as bone needs high levels of oxygen rich red blood cells to repair and mend after surgery. Smoking/vaping increases your risk for post-surgical complications, including dampening the immune system, increasing your chance for a cardiac event and/or an infection. There are many studies that show smoking/vaping increases musculoskeletal pain, which may also increase post-surgical recovery time and make it more difficult. Is returning to your vape pen worth it?
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