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Donating Your Own Blood before a Hysterectomy

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Donating my own blood for hysterectomyI am concerned with my iron levels. What if I go for my pre-surgery workup and am told that I'm too anemic? My doctor gave me iron tablets. Will one week's worth of iron tablets be enough? I don't want a transfusion unless I absolutely have to. Should I plan on donating my own blood?

Normally a hysterectomy patient won't need a blood transfusion.

In those rare occassions, it can be a very helpful to have donated your own blood before the surgery.

Check with your doctor in plenty of time before your surgery. Generally the hospital won't let you donate the week before surgery, so plan carefully.

One other possibility is to have family and friends standing by with your same blood type for a donation if you need one.

If your iron levels get too low during or following surgery, your surgeon might order a transfusion.

You can be assured that the blood provided for you has been screened very carefully, with the newest of technology to help maintain healthy, disease-free blood.

All blood used in transfusions is now screened for HIV/AIDS as well as hepatitis; however, there are some new strains of hepatitis for which there are no tests. Therefore, there is a very small chance that one of these new strains of hepatitis could be present in transfused blood.

Prevention is always the ideal route. The more preventative measures you take, the less likely you are to need a blood transfusion. Plan with the help of your doctor how you can be the healthiest you can be for your surgery.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-10-2003 - 10:10 AM


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