Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Oftentimes, surgeons recommend not using nicotine replacement therapies before or after surgery because nicotine is a vasoconstrictor; however, recent studies show that nicotine causes “angiogenesis;” i.e., increased new small arteries in tissue (that would help healing) that could outweigh the negative effects of vasoconstriction Two articles have reviewed this literature (Reuther and Brennan Br J […]

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