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[QUOTE=robste]Maybe someone here can answer my questions. I was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia about five months ago...at the time my Hemotcrit was something like 28 which is low. I had more bloodwork done, and my hemoglobin was a 9.1, and my ferritin level was only a 2. I have been taking iron pills twice a day (when I can remember) as my dr. told me to. I was supposed to go have follow-up bloodwork done about 1 month ago, but kept putting it off, and haven't had it done yet.

Well...I am scheduled to have some outpatient surgery done next Tuesday. I am scheduled to have a D&C and a Thermochoice Uterine Ablation. (hopefully the surgery will either lessen or eliminate my periods, and thus, help me to get rid of the anemia).

The anesthesia used during my surgery will be general anesthesia (where they completely knock you out, right?)

When the hospital called me today for information, they told me I'd have to have some blood tests prior to the surgery...I asked them for what. They told me for my h&h. I didn't know what they meant by that, so I asked, and they said hemotcrit and hemoglobin.

(sorry this is so long winded, lol)
What I'd like to know is that if my hemotcrit and hemoglobin is still low, and if I am still anemic, does that mean that I cannot have the surgery done??? :confused:[/QUOTE]
I am guessing that there is a cut off level at which your doctor would not be willing to chance complications. I also imagine that he will be doing a Prothrombin time test which tests as to how fast your blood clots. That would give him/her and idea as to whether or not you would be a candidate for surgery as well.
In the end, the answer will be whether or not your iron levels are too critical for surgery or if the surgery will be worth the risk to improve your iron levels. I would also imagine the discussion would be the possibility of the need for a blood transfusion. In that case I personally would round up some one whose blood I think I can trust, to be a donner if I should need a transfusion during the surgery. A family member whose health is not in question would be your best first answer.





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