Knee Replacement Question?

Pauline B
By Pauline B Latest Reply 2009-07-01 05:42:48 -0500
Started 2009-06-23 12:50:28 -0500

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.

3 replies

apanda 2009-06-29 19:11:41 -0500 Report

Hi Pauline. I have had total knee replacements on both knees due to an accident. I did receive blood transfusions on both knees. I had to donate my own blood (4 pints) prior to each knee surgery. I was given back all 4 pints, both times. As well, post surgically they collected my drainage from the surgery at bedside and after the second or third day after my surgery that drainage, which is fluid and blood, was transfused back into my body thru IV's. Sorry if this sounds graphic, but it is how it happens. They have found that by giving you your own fluids back it really helps the healing process somehow. If you are unable to donate the needed blood prior to your surgery, perhaps you could get some family and friends to donate for you. If you have any other questions about the surgery process or post surgical stuff feel free to ask, I would be glad to help.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-07-01 00:10:43 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply. I will ask for family to donate after I see my "blood doctor." I have to have iron infusions regularly as it is, and I know that if I gave blood the resulting hemoglobin level would be too low.

Your description wasn't overly graphic as I've worked in hospitals, and my sister decsribed the same thing to me. It's nice to get the same message.

apanda 2009-07-01 05:42:48 -0500 Report

Your welcome, and I wish you good luck and a speedy recovery. My two best words of advice for you…do your exercises regularly after surgery, and ICE is your best friend. Don't be afraid to use it as often as possible.