The AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee has published an article for patients that addresses the importance of quitting smoking prior to surgery. The article explains the risk of complications patients may have while using tobacco products such as poor scar formation, wound problems, poor oxygen delivery and poor immune response. “Quitting smoking is one of the most critical things to do in preparation for hip or knee replacement surgery so that your surgery will be successful,” the article advises. Read the article and share with your patients.