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Smoking and Acdf surgery

LadyGwen38LLadyGwen38 Posts: 1
edited 11/14/2014 - 7:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was wondering if anyone has had issues with smoking after ACDF. I had ACDF c-3 - c6 on Nov.5 and have to admit I've smoked a little since I came home. My throat is more sore when I first wake up and I am still on antibiotics.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,584
    to just say its WAY TOO soon to even think about a cigarette after your ACDF
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Smoking can play a huge role in failed fusions.... A sore throat is the least of your worries in my opinion! BE CAREFUL!
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  • Nick.nyNNick.ny New York,NYPosts: 121
    And it could cause fusion failure.And yes doctors ask to stop smoking months before acdf surgery.Take it from an ex smoker,it's not worth taking that chance. I had ACDF C4/5/6/7 in 2011 and since then I'm an ex smoker and believe me : I didn't miss it at all..Good luck! Nick ACDF C4/5/6/7.
    2011 ACDF C 4/5/6/7.
    2011 repaired sternum with fixation plate and 9 screws.
    4/2011,3/2012,11/2012 and 6/2013  Rotator cuff surgeries.  
    1/6/2016 revision ACDF C4/5/6/7, plus fusing the level above that C 3-4.
    Pending L5-S1.
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