My CBC test states my hemoglobin is 12.7 but it also states my RDW is high 16.1? What does this mean?

My RDW is high 16.1 would this prevent me from getting my mommy make over and bbl surgery?

Doctor Answers 1

Mommy make-over - are my lab tests ok?

Thank you for asking about your mommy make-over lab tests.
  • The hemoglobin determines the presence of anemia - if 12.7 is below the lab's range it is still very near normal.
  • The RDW indicates distribution of red cells and helps diagnose the cause of an anemia.
  • It is likely your iron is a tiny bit low -
  • It should not affect your ability to safely have surgery.
  • Ask your surgeon to confirm this.
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