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Anemia and Elective Surgery

Undergoing surgery, especially a major one, is never easy. Preparation for an elective surgery can take weeks or even months. One of the factors that your doctor may talk about is possible blood loss during surgery.

Major surgery can lead to significant blood loss, and your red blood cell count may fall below the acceptable range. In addition, some patients may already have a low red blood cell count (anemia) prior to surgery. Talking with your doctor will help you understand your blood management options and will help you prepare for surgery.

This section will help you better understand elective surgery, blood management options, and anemia, as well as some of the treatments available for anemia in certain surgeries.