Sunday, March 15, 2015

Study group discussion: Smoking and hernia

I have a doubt .. Today in surgery ward, my professor asked me how does smoking directly cause hernia! :/

I know the indirect cause! Coughing!

By weakening collagen?

Does smoking affect collagen synthesis or metabolism? At which step does smoking affect collagen?

It causes less production!
The synthesis of subcutaneous collagen in smokers is specifically impeded, indicating an impaired wound-healing process. Because mature collagen is the main determinator of strength of an operative wound, the results support the view that patients should be advised to stop smoking before an operation.

In conclusion, smoking is an important risk factor for recurrence of groin hernia, presumably due to an abnormal connective tissue metabolism in smokers.

Oh....ok. Thanks!


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