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Hemoglobin levels dropped after Surgery

Hi, I am 9 years post Kidney transplant and have recently had Hip replacement surgery just over two weeks ago, my Hemoglobin was just over 13 before the operation but dropped to 10 after Surgery, I just got my results back again yesterday and it has gone down again to 9.6, is this normal for kidney transplant patients to have trouble making blood again to the normal levels it was before?

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  • For a hip replacement, it is just placed a rod in the hip joint. It should has nothing to do with the kidney or other organs. 

    It might be the medicationss for blaming. 

    Good luck. 

  • I'm a relatively recent liver transplant patient (5 months), and I also have hemoglobin/anemia issues.  My labs results, both pre and post transplant are very similar to your results.  I've had tests done for iron and B vitamins, and neither are the culprit.  Digging deeper and talking with my pharmacist and hepatologist, I'm pretty sure that one of my immunosuppresants (mycophenolate mofetil) is the likely cause.  My hepatologist just dropped my mycophenolate to 250mg 2x/day, so time will tell.  Unfortunately, it will likely take time to improve based on the nature of red blood cells.

    • Hi Mick, congratulations on your new liver, I hope apart from the hemoglobin levels all is going well. Apart from my latest issue I have never felt so normal, five months post op is still very new and if you have any other side affects, it does get better as time goes on. What you are saying about mycophenolate is quite interesting, it is also another culprit for persistant diarrhoea if the dose is too high. All the best for the future.


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