Autologous Blood Donation (your own blood) before your total hip replacement surgeryUpdated 7/9/09 Total Joint Replacement can result in some blood loss. Although transfusion is not always necessary, many patients prefer to give their own blood before surgery. Please note that you may not get back your blood donation if the doctors do not feel it will be of any benefit to you. If not used, your blood will be disposed of by the hospital. Our staff will help you make these arrangements.
Iron information for autologous donors
Iron is recommended so you can safely donate blood for your surgery. Slow-Fe (time released) is recommended and available over-the counter. Please start your iron supplements as soon as possible before your first blood donation.
Iron may be better absorbed if taken one hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Iron tablets may discolor urine or stools, and may cause constipation. If constipation is a problem, drink more fluids and include high fiber foods in your diet, such as dried fruits, beans bran and other whole grains.