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Frequently Asked Questions – Anemia and Elective Surgery

Q. Why does my doctor need to know my hemoglobin (Hb) level?

A. Your doctor may request certain blood tests to determine if you are anemic. One such test measures hemoglobin levels in your blood. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and carries oxygen to all parts of the body, allowing your body to work properly. When you are anemic, your body makes a lower than normal number of red blood cells. Therefore, less oxygen is able to reach your muscles and organs.

Q. What is arthroplasty?

A. Arthroplasty is the medical term for joint reconstruction or replacement surgery. Knee and hip surgeries are the two most common arthroplasty procedures.