As I replied to Turtle's posting, I, too, am having a total knee replacement this summer. Though my diabetic control currently is tight, there was a suggestion in the Orthopedic Center's guidebook to "take care of any anemia issues." Can any of you who have experienced knee repalcements rememeber if you needed blood tranfusions due to blood loss? I am seeing my hematologist before the surgery but I have no blood to spare for a back-up as suggested. My nurse-sister advised that the risk to me of getting some pathogen from a transfusion was less than becoming more anemic from a pre-surgery trnasfusion.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions.
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