What Lab Tests Do I Need for Rhinoplasty and How Do I Do This?
It is important that we ensure our patients are healthy enough to have surgery so we ask our patients to have a hemoglobin test. This is a simple blood test used to measure the amount of hemoglobin in your blood – a protein that carries oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues and moves carbon dioxide back to your lungs. Low levels of hemoglobin may mean that you have anemia. If your test reveals a low red blood cell count, you will be placed on iron supplements prior to surgery.
Anemia is relatively rare among rhinoplasty patients and easily treated – but it is a good idea to complete your blood test quickly (don’t leave it to the last minute) so that if there is a problem, your surgery won’t have to be rescheduled. Essentially – by discovering the anemia early on, there is time for you to get your iron levels higher with supplements prior to surgery. Please complete your lab test at least 3 weeks before your surgery or if surgery is less than 3 weeks away, complete it ASAP.
How Do I Get My Lab Requisition?
Once you have scheduled your surgery, your patient care manager will provide you with a lab requisition for your blood test. The fastest and easiest way to complete your blood with is with Life Labs since the results are sent back to us directly and very quickly (usually within 48 hours). We strongly suggest you book online in advance so that you don’t have to wait in line when you arrive at the lab. Click here to schedule a Life Labs appointment online.
If a hemoglobin test reveals that your hemoglobin level is lower than normal, it means you have a low red blood cell count (anemia). Anemia can have many different causes, including vitamin deficiencies, bleeding and chronic diseases.
If you have any questions about your lab test please do not hesitate to contact your patient care manager at (604) 733-1669.
This information is intended for Dr. Buonassisi’s patients.