Hi Everyone. Here is a reprint of another popular post I’ve had numerous requests for. It’s about iron supplements & total knee replacement pre-op.
Recently, I was asked about taking iron supplements prior to my total knee replacement surgery. I know from personal experience that the iron supplements are needed due to blood donations. During my pre-op procedure procedure, my surgeon recommended that I donate two pints of my blood. This blood would be “back into me” during my surgery.
Some trains of thought do not agree with iron supplements for various reasons. However, I am glad that it was recommended as part of my pre-op process.
See, after my surgery, the doctor told me that I lost so much blood during the surgery that I was considered borderline anemic. Had I not taken any iron supplements, I am certain it would have been much worse.
As much as I may not have agreed with other pre-op procedures, taking iron supplements is a-okay in my opinion.
Hope this helps others going through the same thing.
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