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If I am anemic, can I have my rotator cuffs repaired?
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If you are anemic, you should have the underlying cause of the anemia determined and then, if possible, have the anemia corrected.
If it is a chronic but stable condition, it should still be followed at regular intervals with periodic assessments to make sure that it is not worsening. Either way, anemia is not a contraindication for surgery.

In brief: Yes
If you are anemic, you should have the underlying cause of the anemia determined and then, if possible, have the anemia corrected.
If it is a chronic but stable condition, it should still be followed at regular intervals with periodic assessments to make sure that it is not worsening. Either way, anemia is not a contraindication for surgery.
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Not much blood loss in current arthroscopic cuff repairs. Major advantage for arthroscopic repair versus open repair.
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Most rotator cuff repairs are done arthroscopically these days, which means minimally invasive and little blood loss.
If you are mildly anemic, there should be no problem. If you are severely anemic, then even a small amount of blood loss could be a concern. Severe anemia should be corrected before surgery.

In brief: Yes
Most rotator cuff repairs are done arthroscopically these days, which means minimally invasive and little blood loss.
If you are mildly anemic, there should be no problem. If you are severely anemic, then even a small amount of blood loss could be a concern. Severe anemia should be corrected before surgery.
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, but treat
Most rotator cuff tears are treated arthroscopically and the risk of bleeding is minimal.
However, the source of the anemia needs to be worked-up and treated. Causes related to poor nutrition or metabolic disorders may prevent or delay healing.

In brief: Yes, but treat
Most rotator cuff tears are treated arthroscopically and the risk of bleeding is minimal.
However, the source of the anemia needs to be worked-up and treated. Causes related to poor nutrition or metabolic disorders may prevent or delay healing.
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Rotator cuff surgery should not cause much blood loss.

In brief: Yes
Rotator cuff surgery should not cause much blood loss.
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Yes...
not bloody surgery.
Anemia should not prevent surgery, unless it is severe. In that case, would try to correct the anemia to a safe level to allow for surgery.

In brief: Yes...
not bloody surgery.
Anemia should not prevent surgery, unless it is severe. In that case, would try to correct the anemia to a safe level to allow for surgery.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. J.Milo Sewards
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Depends on severity
It depends on how anemic you are as well as how your surgeon proposes repairing them. If you have a mild anemia, and you are undergoing an arthroscopic repair, it shouldn't be a big problem. On the other hand, if you have a significant drop in your blood counts (hemoglobin or hematocrit) and you are undergoing a mini-open repair, then the small amount of blood loss may affect you more.

In brief: Depends on severity
It depends on how anemic you are as well as how your surgeon proposes repairing them. If you have a mild anemia, and you are undergoing an arthroscopic repair, it shouldn't be a big problem. On the other hand, if you have a significant drop in your blood counts (hemoglobin or hematocrit) and you are undergoing a mini-open repair, then the small amount of blood loss may affect you more.
Dr. J.Milo Sewards
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