...you want to wait extra loooong for your fracture to heal
...you want to have a higher risk of surgical complications, like infection or problems healing your wound
...you're okay with developing osteoporosis
...you want to be more likely to develop overuse injuries, like bursitis or tendonitis - and take longer to recover
...you want to have a detrimental effect on your athletic performance
...you want to have more pain after a surgery
Sound attractive? I would guess not for most.
As an orthopaedic surgeon, I treat many acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including fractures, sprains, strains, tendon/ligament injuries and bursitis. I often discuss with smokers the risks above - not to mention the risks of smoking that first come to mind...the damaging effects on the heart and lungs. Many individuals are unfamiliar with the fact that smoking can even affect the health of the bones and joints.
The quick and dirty on why smoking affects musculoskeletal healing:
Common questions I am asked about smoking:
If you haven't started, don't! But if you have, even if it's been decades, you CAN do this. Don't just think about quitting, take actionable steps to do so today. You heart, lungs, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, skin, and so on and so on will THANK YOU for it.