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Avoiding Complications Associated With Anemia Following Total Joint Arthroplasty

Hushmendy, Shazaan F. MD*; Cushner, Fred D. MD

doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000394

As the number of total knee arthroplasty surgeries exponentially rise over the next decade, there will be a parallel rise in the complications observed. Patients who undergo total knee arthroplasties will be at an increased risk for postoperative anemia and allogenic blood transfusions (ABTs). The range of complications associated with perioperative anemia and ABTs include increased length of stay (LOS) in the hospital, increased surgical site infections/periprosthetic joint infections, and mortality. There are many perioperative blood conservation strategies that can be utilized to help optimize a patient, prevent excessive bleeding, and reduce the need for possible ABTs. Although there is extensive research on this topic, there is a lack of consensus on the best strategy to help prevent perioperative anemia and the complications associated with it. Surgeons should be able to recognize perioperative anemia and utilize the information in this section to prevent its unnecessary complications.

*Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

This project was supported by an unrestricted grant from KCI, an Acelity company. Project management support was provided by MedicusWorks.

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

For reprint requests, or additional information and guidance on the techniques described in the article, please contact Fred D. Cushner, MD, at or by mail at Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021. You may inquire whether the author(s) will agree to phone conferences and/or visits regarding these techniques.

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