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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

3 comments on “The Risks of Blood Transfusions in Knee Replacement Surgery

  • I just had a knee replacement and had to have a blood transfusion after. Is it. Normal to be tired all the time after this

    • The surgery alone can make you feel that way. Your blood count might still be a bit low too. You can have your primary care doctor run some tests and examine you if you are concerned.

    • I just got back from seeing my brother, 51, after a total knee replacement. As I left the hospital after 2 hours, (his surgery was 6 days ago), he rang me and said, he had just been informed that he has to have 2 units of blood. He was anaemic, and had informed me that for the last 3 days, had had his Opsite dressing renewed 4 times due to the blood under the dressing pooling…??? (slightly worrying). Also, his BP was 97/54 that morning!!! – When I got there this afternoon, his BP had stabilised and this was obviously something I found out afterwards. I’m seriously concerned

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