Posts Tagged ‘Fracture healing’

Soft drinks harmful for bones: Dr. Patil

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Dr. Shailendra Patil has years of experience in orthopaedics with hospitals like Fortis, Wockhardt, Kohinoor in Mumbai. He is doing private practice in central Mumbai over the last 4 years.

He is well skilled and trained for hip, shoulder resurfacing surgeries. He has been part of over 2000 joint replacement and 2500 Arthroscopy surgeries. He has been awarded ATLS (Advanced Trauma and life support) certificate in Germany.

Dr Patil answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

What can be the different reasons for fractures besides an accident or fall? Regards.
Weak bones, underlying pathology, osteoporosis.

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Smoking delays fracture healing

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A new study led by an Indian researcher from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania corroborates early evidence showing that cigarette smoking leads to longer healing times and an increased rate of post-operative complication and infection for patients sustaining fractures or traumatic injuries to their bone.

“Cigarette smoking is widely recognized as one of the major causes of preventable disease in the US, but there has been a lack of evidence showing other side effects of smoking, such as how it changes the way our bones heal,” Samir Mehta, MD, chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Service at Penn Medicine said.

“Our study adds substantial support to a growing body of evidence showing that smoking presents a significant risk to fracture patients. These risks need to be addressed with the patient both at the time of injury and when considering surgical treatment,” he said.

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