A 23-year-old male asked:
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is it ok to get shoulder repair surgery after 2x dislocation if you anemic. i have low haemoglobin cause it not found yet. fatigued for 1yr mentally ?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Probably not: even with blood in the bank, surgeons generally require people to have a fairly normal blood count prior to surgery.
Answered on Oct 23, 2015
Dr. Steve Mora
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Anemia: Its probably safe to have surgery even though you are anemic however it's a good idea to find out why you have anemia. In women the most common cause is heavy menses. However I would still see your family doctor to have them do some blood tests, exam and ask you some questions.
Answered on Oct 23, 2015

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