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Unread 11-11-2020, 04:05 PM
Upcoming January surgery: Anemia and hysterectomy?

Has anyone had a hysterectomy while having iron deficiency anemia? I'm currently taking supplements but my numbers haven't gone up as quickly as I had hoped, and I still have a lot of bothersome symptoms. My surgeon isn't concerned about it but I'm already fatigued and worried that recovery will take longer because of it. Thanks!
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Unread 11-11-2020, 08:05 PM
Re: Anemia and hysterectomy?

Hi CanonElle to HysterSisters!

I am so glad you found this site.

I know anemia can be an issue, but your surgeon really will make the call about what levels are too low. You may want to talk to him/her about your concerns, and if there is anything else you can do.

We have many women on this site. Hopefully one with anemia during surgery will see this post and respond.

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Unread 11-11-2020, 10:15 PM
Re: Anemia and hysterectomy?

Hi there! I am in the same position, and worried for the same reason. I am scheduled for a LSH on 11/25/20 and my levels are low. I was told that lots of protein, staying on top of my iron pills, and LOTS of fluid is best for increasing Hemoglobin levels.
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Unread 11-12-2020, 05:05 AM
Upcoming January surgery: Anemia and hysterectomy?


My top picks for iron-rich foods to add to your diet include blackstrap molasses, pumpkin seeds, lentils, split peas, chickpeas, black beans, and fortified grain or soy products. Accompanying these foods or your iron pills with a source of Vitamin C, like a glass of orange juice, can help to improve absorption. Also, if you use cast iron cookware, adding something acidic, like tomato sauce or a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, will cause some of the iron to leach out into your food, where it's just as well-absorbed as iron from food or iron pills. Best wishes for building your iron levels, and for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery!
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Unread 11-12-2020, 06:12 PM
Re: Upcoming January surgery: Anemia and hysterectomy?

In the same state. Apparently I'm so low I'm barely a step above being in an urn (Actually glad to find that out. I'm the most stupidly stubborn person you will meet and I have just been gutting things out, and pushing so hard I have passed out repeatedly. Which isn't an issue for me as much as it is the poor folks around me. 6'2 giant falls, I could end up taking a lot of them with me! Had just been thinking I was lazy!) so the surgery is on the 24th, but I have to take 3 days of iron infusions, 90 min each.

To say I'm freaked out is fair. I hate needles. Weird coming from someone with tattoos, but I HATE needles.

I will definitely try and stick all the recommended foods this week. I'm right there with ya hon.
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Unread 11-12-2020, 07:01 PM
Re: Upcoming January surgery: Anemia and hysterectomy?

your dr. wouldn't do surgery if your levels were dangerously low. i would just take the supplements as directed and eat a lot of iron rich food. you could ask your dr. about iron infusions if it really concerns you...
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Unread 11-15-2020, 06:47 PM
Re: Upcoming January surgery: Anemia and hysterectomy?

Yes I had severe anemia. Insanely heavy bleeding was the primary reason I had a hysterectomy. I'd had an ablation, a UID inserted, was taking iron supplements, and a 5x dose of birth control pills and was still losing so much blood that I needed regular transfusions.

I don't think you really need to worry. As a last resort they could administer a blood transfusion before or during the procedure (this is what surgeons do for gunshot and car accident victims for example). But likely if your anemia is that bad you would already be receiving transfusions.

Really the main concern is that they need an accurate picture of your hemoglobin levels so that they can administer the correct amount of anesthesia. The anesthesiologist should not rely on lab work from even the day before--they should draw blood when you are in pre-op.

I didn't experience a longer recovery--I felt great afterwards. Now 16 months later, I find I'm still a bit anemic--11.5 at last checkup--and so overall I have probably less energy than my peers but still so much better than I was pre-surgery.

Good luck to you!
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Unread 11-22-2020, 06:40 PM
Upcoming January surgery: Anemia and hysterectomy?

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Originally Posted by CanonElle View Post
Has anyone had a hysterectomy while having iron deficiency anemia? I'm currently taking supplements but my numbers haven't gone up as quickly as I had hoped, and I still have a lot of bothersome symptoms. My surgeon isn't concerned about it but I'm already fatigued and worried that recovery will take longer because of it. Thanks!
I was anemic for 10 years then have my hysterectomy I was talking iron supplements try asking gp for B12 injection it did take me longer to recover but once I was recovered enough I didn't need to take anymore iron supplements

Take on day at time following your post OP aftercare

Good luck
Sammy
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Unread 11-25-2020, 06:26 AM
Upcoming January surgery: Anemia and hysterectomy?

I was very anemic before surgery. I had two iron infusions two months before I had the surgery and it helped a lot until my next cycle and bleeding heavy again. But I recovered very well and had no issues from it.
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