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Surgery with low Platelets

  • 1.  Surgery with low Platelets

    Posted May 22, 2018 07:36 PM
    Surgery with low Platelets
    So Hockey strikes again 🙁 ... my husband tore his rotator cuff badly. He did it about 14 years ago on the same shoulder... a complete tear.. but it healed on it's own with Physio.

    This time, I think he's going to push for the surgery but I'm wondering.. will they even do surgery if your platelets are 44-60?


  • 2.  RE: Surgery with low Platelets

    Posted May 22, 2018 08:02 PM
    Quote:
    Originally posted by Bossywife â–º
    So Hockey strikes again 🙁 ... my husband tore his rotator cuff badly. He did it about 14 years ago on the same shoulder... a complete tear.. but it healed on it's own with Physio.

    This time, I think he's going to push for the surgery but I'm wondering.. will they even do surgery if your platelets are 44-60?


    I am not a doctor -- that is the person to turn to with questions about surgery with low platelets and your husband. However, platelets below 50 and a contact sport such as ice hockey where bleeding is quite common do not seem the best mix.


  • 3.  RE: Surgery with low Platelets

    Posted May 22, 2018 08:52 PM
    We were told they will do surgery with platelets at 50,000. If he's a little low they could give him some platelets to boost them for the surgery.
    All the best,
    Sally


  • 4.  RE: Surgery with low Platelets

    Posted May 23, 2018 01:13 AM
    I had oral surgery prior to transplant. They wanted me to be at 75,000. I was at 25,000 and received about 5 platelet transfusions to make it happen. I think the short answer is that yes, surgery can be done but extra caution is probably in order.


  • 5.  RE: Surgery with low Platelets

    Posted May 23, 2018 02:00 AM
    Quote:
    Originally posted by DanL â–º
    I had oral surgery prior to transplant. They wanted me to be at 75,000. I was at 25,000 and received about 5 platelet transfusions to make it happen. I think the short answer is that yes, surgery can be done but extra caution is probably in order.


    Certainly, you know your situation, which is interesting. However, wouldn't the surgeon with direct knowledge of this specific case be the opinion that matters?


  • 6.  RE: Surgery with low Platelets

    Posted May 23, 2018 06:40 PM
    Quote:
    Originally posted by Pearl â–º
    Certainly, you know your situation, which is interesting. However, wouldn't the surgeon with direct knowledge of this specific case be the opinion that matters?

    Surgeons may not be familiar with the specifics of bone marrow failure diseases, making it hard for them to judge the risk, take necessary precautions, or be prepared in case of an emergency.

    It's very individual. Some happen to know enough to deal with it, some just need a little information from you the patient, and some may want to consult with your hematologist.

    After consulting with a surgeon, some patients schedule procedures shortly after a transfusion, like filling up the gas tank before a driving trip. And some put off surgery if they can avoid or delay it.


  • 7.  RE: Surgery with low Platelets

    Posted Nov 13, 2018 08:23 AM
    My wife received platelets, as a precaution, before having dental work done.